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From Yahoo News:

Target: ‘Organized retail crime’ has driven $400 million in extra profit loss this year

Brian Sozzi·Anchor, Editor-at-Large
Wed, November 16, 2022 at 3:31 AM·3 min read

Target stores are getting looted, and it’s taking a huge bite out of profits.

The discount retailer told reporters on a call to discuss its third quarter earnings results that inventory shrinkage — or the disappearance of merchandise — has reduced its gross profit margin by $400 million so far in 2022 compared to 2021.

“At Target, year-to-date, incremental shortage has already reduced our gross margin by more than $400 million vs. last year,” Target CFO Michael Fiddelke said on the earnings call, “and we expect it will reduce our gross margin by more than $600 million for the full year.”

Fiddelke detailed how there are “a handful of things that can drive shrink in our business and theft is certainly a key driver. We know we’re not alone across retail in seeing a trend that I think has gotten increasingly worse over the last 12 to 18 months. So we’re taking the right actions in our stores to help curb that trend where we can, but that becomes an increasing headwind on our business and we know the business of others.”

A Target spokesperson told Yahoo Finance via email after the call the shrinkage was mostly specifically attributed to “organized retail crime.”

 
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  1. usNthem says:

    Good. Down 13.5% today is a decent start towards “brokeness”. Of course the real reason will never be named.

  2. Mr. Anon says:

    Target stores are getting looted, and it’s taking a huge bite out of profits.

    Well, they did name it “Target”.

  3. Cato says:

    The shoplifted stuff is sold on Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, eBay, etc. At my neighborhood Walmart they now lock up baby formula and some beauty products, since they are easy to sell online. Locking up is about all they can do, since the employees are instructed to never confront shoplifters.

  4. To put that $600 million of theft in perspective, Target’s annual sales last year were $107 billion. So this thing isn’t going to bankrupt Target. The most concerning aspect of it is what it says about the general breakdown of social order.

  5. Dmon says:

    Thanks for the feel-good story, Steve. After 2+ years of constantly harping on the downside of BLM (shootings, driving fatalities, etc.), it’s nice to see you acknowledge that they also made some positive contributions.

    • Replies: @Hannah Katz
  6. Did they blame the pandemic which occurred over a year earlier and actually resulted in less customers in their stores? That’d be sound 2022 reasoning.

  7. Not a lawyer, but isn’t it possible for Target shareholders to bring class action suits against cities that have voted to reduce law enforcement against shoplifting?

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  8. Dmon says:

    Thanks for the feel-good story, Steve. After 2+ years of constantly harping on the downside of BLM (shootings, driving fatalities, etc.), it’s nice to see you acknowledge one of their positive contributions.

  9. Yarro says:

    $865 per store per day at 1,900 stores, hard to believe.

  10. Anonymous[238] • Disclaimer says:

    Shoplifting at the street level…

    and

    Toplifting at the Wall Street level.

    Madoff and Bankman, and what big finance got away with the bailouts in 2009.

    And of course, Big Pharma and its profits from Covid in collusion with state and media.

    Top to bottom, parasitism runs high.

    • Agree: Mark G.
    • Replies: @JimDandy
    , @ic1000
  11. Holy eff. $600M is what I would call real money.

    Traffic fatalities, homicides, shoplifting. Majority-minority America is gonna be great!

    OT – this seems kind of bizarre, even at this late, woke date:

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/harvard-yale-law-school-us-news_n_637599cde4b0e818be494d46

    Both Manning and Gerken said they were concerned with U.S. News’ heavy ranking of LSAT scores and GPAs, which they said could disincentivize diverse applicants. They said despite bringing those concerns to the for-profit magazine, not enough had been done.

    My prediction is that in 50 years the Ivy League will have re-branded themselves as part of the US’s HBCUs.

  12. A Target spokesperson told Yahoo Finance via email after the call the shrinkage was mostly specifically attributed to “organized retail crime.”

    “Organized”? I’m confused– I thought it was blacks.

    Perhaps Target can appeal to new Majority Whip Tom Emmer, who has a history with the company. They contributed to his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, unaware that he had co-sponsored a marriage amendment. Target’s “cheap chic” relies on an army of gay and fag hag designers, and of course that contribution blew up in their faces. That’s why they buckled on the tranny issue a few years later.

    Fun (if sad) fact: Emmer lost to Mark Dayton, the nephew of Target’s founder.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
    , @Peter Akuleyev
    , @Alden
    , @MM
  13. Anon[367] • Disclaimer says:

    Slightly off topic in that it doesn’t involve stores like Target nor blacks and homeless perps, but I’ve been surprised by all the non-poverty-stricken white women in their twenties and thirties who mention, as an aside, in podcasts and Substack posts how they have shoplifted clothing and all manner of things they don’t really need from various trendy stores and boutiques. I’m starting to get there impression that this is a pretty common vice/route of passage/mental illness among the distaff members of society.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Alden
    , @epebble
  14. J.Ross says:

    A lot of software is now just plain bad — fixable problems are tolerated, not even seen as problems, and there is no concept of perfecting design such as characterized much of the history of Apple — because the end user isn’t a software critic, the end user is a zoomer or a third world NPC, who is perfectly happy to tolerate crashes and restarts if something pretty much works, plus actual rectification would conflict (but not that much) with the everybody’s a coder marketplace (ideal rectification would be centralized in one system, you could perfect Android but then it doesn’t fit with Twitter or TikTok, better to have it less than perfect but able to play well with others).
    So we have the garbage our billionaires wanted.
    Looking at Target tolerate $600M preventable losses amid $107B profits, is this the same clownworld anarcho-tyranny in business form? And it’s related to anarcho-tyranny. In Mexico or Russia, outrageous failures and lapses exist, but certain systems run perfectly. The logistics of anarcho-tyranny. We are familiar with the outrageous morality of anarcho-tyranny, leeway for the violent criminal and strict discipline for the law-abiding. We can now see the various other systems of anarcho-tyranny.
    Rockefeller rose to wealth by counting every penny. Insofar as there is any money for the class-mobile worker, it is denominated in pennies. The big lottery payday never comes but paying attention to detail pays off. A system which can tolerate huge losses amid huge profits is a system hostile to workers, excluding the original Rockefeller from his marginal profits, a system usable only by people on top. Those minor losses will resolve as material punishments for workers, as the diminution of services which benefit workers. The board isn’t going to be short a jet. You (Jack) could say it would be that way anyway, but not really. The shoplifters are creating a situation in which the company cannot afford marginal activities which, in a more secure environment, it might very well choose to enable.

  15. @NJ Transit Commuter

    NJ Transit Commuter asked:

    Not a lawyer, but isn’t it possible for Target shareholders to bring class action suits against cities that have voted to reduce law enforcement against shoplifting?

    The Supreme Court has ruled that police and government in general have no obligation to protect you unless you are in immediate state custody:

    In the cases DeShaney vs. Winnebago and Town of Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, the supreme court has ruled that police agencies are not obligated to provide protection of citizens. In other words, police are well within their rights to pick and choose when to intervene to protect the lives and property of others — even when a threat is apparent.

    In both of these court cases, clear and repeated threats were made against the safety of children — but government agencies chose to take no action.

    Government does not exist for the benefit of the governed.

    Any more than the poultry industry exists for the benefit of the chickens.

    • Thanks: Charles
  16. JimDandy says:
    @Anonymous

    Yeah, the media is really something else. How do you like the way AP worded this news item:

    Republicans win slim House majority, complicating ambitious agenda…

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  17. @International Jew

    “…So this thing isn’t going to bankrupt Target. …”

    Probably not but the problem could get a lot worse once word gets out that this is easy money.

  18. OT, but both the US and Poland now admit that it was Ukraine that murdered two Polish civilians with a missile attack.

    So, now, under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, all NATO members must go to war to defeat the Nazi regime in Kiev.

    Right?

    Nah — because treaties only mean what the US Deep State says they mean.

    Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson makes a credible case that this was an intentional false flag operation by the Kiev regime.

    And to anyone who claims that it is implausible that our noble Ukrainian allies would lie… well, I have a ghost of Kiev and some martyrs of Snake Island I would like to sell you!

    Zelensky, as one would expect, continues with the propaganda lie.

    Of course, yesterday, the evidence that this was indeed a Ukrainian missile was the morbid fantasies of the fever swamp.

    But today it is the official US government position.

    “And we have always been at war against Eastasia.”

  19. Anonymous[183] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    all the non-poverty-stricken white women in their twenties and thirties who mention, as an aside, in podcasts and Substack posts

    The real question is why are you aware of all these people in the first place? I for one prefer to be exposed to fewer attention-seeking young women in my down time, not more.

    • Replies: @Anon
  20. Goatweed says:

    We purchased supplies at a small store in southern Italy in 1975.

    The process involved telling the clerk what we wanted to buy, paying for it, and then receiving the product.

    Is this a viable process in locales that don’t punish shoplifting?

    Is stealing from a customer a different class of crime than stealing from a store?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Mike_from_SGV
  21. @Mr. Anon

    Sorry, Target, you officially don’t get to bitch about getting looted until you go out of business. In fact, your woke capitalism is the source of the problem:

    Emily Beckman • Jun 5, 2020
    Target Supports Black Lives Matter
    The retailer commits $10 million and ongoing resources for rebuilding efforts and advancing social justice.

    Target today announced a $10 million commitment in addition to ongoing resources to advance social justice and support rebuilding and recovery efforts in local communities.

    “Target stands with Black families, communities and team members. As we face an inflection point in Minneapolis and across the country, we’re listening to our team, guests and communities, committed to using our size, scale and resources to help heal and create lasting change,” states Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO. https://www.earnshaws.com/news/target-supports-black-lives-matter/

  22. Alden says:
    @Anon

    Women, just young women shoplifters on podcasts and Substack.

    That must be why CVS has men’s but not women’s razors locked up. And men’s hair cutters locked up. But doesn’t lock up women’s hair curlers, straighteners and hot rollers.

    Target was founded by the ultra liberal Dayton family that contributed to liberal causes. And is one of the reasons Minnesota has turned into such a dystopian nightmare. George Floyd Jacob Frey, liberal governor Mark Dayton.

  23. Alden says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Thanks for reminding us that like every other corporation in America, Target is anti White and pro black.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  24. Anonymous[954] • Disclaimer says:

    In Southern California there is a chain of grocery stores called “Ralph’s.” It used to be the store for upper-middle class, and carried quality items and great service. It was bought out by Krogers, and now it’s a bit ghetto. Cheap shit food at their deli, and piss poor service.

    So, in my neighborhood, there’s a Ralph’s that caters to the middle-class. Used to be a pretty sedate little place, but now, for whatever reason, ghetto blacks are “shopping” there. Some are real beauties. I don’t know where the hell they come from, because they are absolutely not from the neighborhood. They couldn’t afford the rents around here, and there’s very little HUD action, but they keep coming. Never used to see them there. Now they show up in their shitty bashed-in cars all the time.

    My Ralph’s just updated their self-checkout area, doubling the number of kiosks. The last two times in a row, I witnessed the blacks getting a bag load of groceries, pretend to pay for their groceries at the kiosk, then just scurry out the door with the stolen groceries. I tend to think that because I witnessed this two times in a fucking row, that the store is currently being regularly raped by our newish black customers.

    The first time, I alerted an hispanic employee, who agreed that they’d just been robbed, but there was nothing she could do about it. The next time, I pointed out the black woman as she was going out the door, to a black male grocery clerk, who also examined the abandoned kiosk computer in mid-transaction. He agreed they’d just been robbed, and said, “I could go out and catch her, but they don’t pay me enough to engage in that shit.”

    I said, “well, you could at least get her to drop the stolen groceries.” He said, “I know, but I they ain’t paying me enough. It’s not worth it.”

    Anyway… a big part of the problem is that in California, you’re allowed to steal up to $950 of ANYthing, and if caught, you don’t go to jail, like back in the day. The officers can only write you a ticket. So, store employees don’t want to bother, as noted, and I guess Target doesn’t want to either. They just complain for some bizarre reason, and let it keep happening. This fact further emboldens our shoplifters, as the chance of even getting perp-walked to the back of the store to await their ticket is dramatically reduced.

    I think a case could be made that Target and Ralph’s are bad actors in the community, and should be picketed to get the fuck out of the neighborhood, since they willfully enable and generate neighborhood crime. They teach petty criminals how to ply their trade, and attract bad elements to the neighborhoods. I know my Ralph’s certainly does.

    Currently, our Ralph’s is a Thug University. Krogers turns everything they touch into a ghettonian lowbrow hootenanny. Their shitshow should be spotlighted, because currently, they’re destroying neighborhoods.

    Same with many Target’s. Yet another Thug University, destroyer of communities.

  25. Alden says:

    Wasn’t Target the very first large store to proclaim tranny access to women’s bathrooms and dressing rooms? Before states passed laws mandating male access to women’s bathrooms and dressing rooms?

    Stores pass shoplifting losses on to paying customers. By raising prices. I’ve noticed a pattern. Increased shoplifting leads to increased prices. Definitely a correlation probably a cause.

  26. Kaz says:
    @International Jew

    Yeah but this is retail we’re talking about not tech. So that makes up single digit margins on that revenue.. Big chunk of their profits.

    • Agree: ic1000, AnotherDad
    • Replies: @Whitey Whiteman III
  27. Kylie says:

    “The real question is why are you aware of all these people [non-poverty-stricken white women in their twenties and thirties] in the first place? I for one prefer to be exposed to fewer attention-seeking young women in my down time, not more.”

    Agreed–except thanks to social media, they have a lot of influence on social trends. They’ve been indoctrinated by the educational system, they’ve swallowed the party line and they believe the hype about their empowerment. Their stupidity is no barrier to their self-importance and self-expression.

    No need to follow them slavishly but it’s as well to know the enemy.

    But yeah, they’re pretty distasteful.

  28. @Anonymous

    Sam Quinones, the reporter who writes the most hard-headed stuff these days about drugs and homelessness, was really mad at Walmart in his last book, The Least Among Us, for letting meth-heads shoplift without much resistance.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @J.Ross
    , @Anonymous
  29. Mr. Anon says:
    @Cato

    The shoplifted stuff is sold on Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, eBay, etc.

    I like those TV ads for the luxury reseller “The Real Real”:

    You can watch it being looted on YouTube on Tuesday, and buy it at The Real Real on Friday.

  30. @The Anti-Gnostic

    they were concerned with U.S. News’ heavy ranking of LSAT scores and GPAs, which they said could disincentivize diverse applicants.

    Yale and Harvard can’t have it both ways by getting the prestige of being academically exclusive institutions that won’t consider 99.9% of white HS graduates, while simultaneously preening that they are “inclusivity” because of their racial double standards. Once they convert to community colleges that accept 100% of all applicants they can brag about being inclusive.

    • Thanks: Renard
  31. Mr. Anon says:
    @Alden

    Wasn’t Target the very first large store to proclaim tranny access to women’s bathrooms and dressing rooms?

    They were, so – as you imply – serves ’em right. Actually, on this topic, I bet a lot of trannies are shoplifters.

  32. @usNthem

    These stories are varied and endless. But do the sums involved ever show up on the Reparations Ledger? Is anyone even keeping track?

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  33. @Yarro

    That’s not that hard for me to believe, Yarro. $865 is not that many items anymore. If it’s from people hauling their loot out the door with their buggies, it could only be a handful of people a day.

    I got a solution: Make people stand on stickers again! Keep track of who’s on what sticker. If you’re not on a sticker, and Simon has not said, then the biggest, most rotund Associate will tackle you and drag you to the self-checkout for processing.

    See “Targeted for Hysteria” from back early on in the PanicFest. BTW, I hope you all took my advice and shorted your floor-sticker-sector holdings last year. (It was all in my newsletter.)

  34. Anon[367] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The real question is why are you aware of all these people in the first place? I for one prefer to be exposed to fewer attention-seeking young women in my down time, not more.

    Well, I don’t really want to say names, but my sample includes for instance a duo of podcasters on a serious political and cultural podcast and an academic studying a topic Steve often writes about. These women are in their thirties now. There’s also a fairly recent case of a respected, serious actress.

    It’s sort of like the occasional confessional fads of the past where women fessed up to having abortions, stillborn children, or a history of eating disorders.

    I’m interested in the phenomenon of women feeling compelled to publicly discuss personal matters, as well as the particular subject of compulsive shoplifting by women who otherwise seem to be respected and privileged members of society. And I wonder why they aren’t caught more often (although one of the aforementioned women did explain her elaborately prepared excuse/alibi, although she’d never had to use it).

  35. @Anonymous

    He said, “I know, but I they ain’t paying me enough. It’s not worth it.”

    That’s the real problem: the woke police won’t arrest a sub-$950 shoplifter. But they sure as hell will arrest and prosecute any clerk or security guard who might try to get involved for committing assault, false imprisonment or civil rights violations on a sacred shoplifter of color. Fifteen bucks an hour isn’t enough to be the next Derick Chauvin.

    I think anarcho-tyranny is the official name for the current system. (Anarchy when it comes to protecting law-abiding citizens, tyranny when it comes to persecuting them). But retarded Californians won’t stop voting for Democrats. So that’s just the way it’s going to be.

  36. @J.Ross

    $107B revenues not profits. For retailers, revenues and profits differ by a factor of about 100.

    • Thanks: J.Ross
    • Replies: @Onebelowall
  37. @Alden

    Stores pass shoplifting losses on to paying customers. By raising prices.

    That’s true based on basic economics.

    I’ve noticed a pattern. Increased shoplifting leads to increased prices.

    I’ve noticed a pattern myself, Alden. When the US Treasury uses the FED to create currency like it was a cotton-candy machine, there are increased prices.

    Bleach is near $6 for the off (Up*&Up) brand, and it’s just not quiiiite a gallon anymore, more like 121 oz. But who can tell that bottle from a gallon? If one had an inkling of that deception, who knows his English Units well anyway anymore? (Not Target customers!) Clorox is on toward $8/gallon bottle now.

    The reason it shocked me that Clorox is near $8 a bottle when I had 3-something in my head is that I stocked up on it years ago. Why? Because I knew that when a government prints money like candy and goes from owing around $15,000,000,000,000 to owing $30,000,000,000,000 to bondholders in one decade, prices will get significantly higher. If I had a bigger storage area I wouldn’t have been on the bleach aisle again till 10 years after the SHTF, and there’d be nobody in there to tell me take my money, much less to tell me to stand on my sticker, as I’d be the looter as in Omega Man.

    Being Omega Man doesn’t really sound that bad anymore. I don’t know why Charleton Heston stayed in the city though. I’d have stocked up that big land yacht and holed up in a McMansion in some exurb with 1,000 rounds of .223 for the few zombies that’d make their way out there. So long as I could have the internet to write iSteve comments …

  38. @International Jew

    Discount store retailers have have profit margins of about 1% or 2% of sales, so $107 billion of sales gives profits of about $1 billion per year. $600 million is a big chunk of $1 billion, if you look at it that way. Of course, the market competition adjusts to keep the long-run profit margin at about 1%, so in the long-run the non-shoplifiting customer picks up the bill. The low and middle-income sucker pays more, or loses convenient shopping, or a bit of both.

    You are wrong, I apologize to say, in thinking that $600 million is inconsequential due to the magnitude of sales revenue. A discount store chain only realizes a tiny fraction of revenues as own-profit and must control per-unit costs with extreme care.

  39. @Alden

    I think it’s not unknown for middle aged matrons, pillars of their family, to start shoplifting.

    A peak era Simpson’s episode in 1993, “Marge in Chains,” is about the admirable Marge Simpson getting arrested for shoplifting while being particularly stressed caring for her family during the now famous Osaka Flu epidemic. IIRC, the episode is ambiguous about whether she just “forgot to pay” for grandpa’s bottle of bourbon or really did mean to boost it after a period of acting in a particularly saintly manner toward others. My guess is the latter, that it’s based on a personal experience of one of the writers, and that incident is part of an actual pattern.

  40. Twinkie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Mr. Sailer, you might be interested in this since you occasionally write about black women and hair: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/11/17/michelle-obama-black-hair-braids/

    They were “just getting adjusted” to having a Black president in the Oval Office and a Black family in the White House, so she decided to keep her hair straight, Obama said at the Warner Theatre in Washington on Tuesday, the first of a 13-night cross-country tour to promote her new book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.”

    It would have been easier to keep her hair in braids, Obama said, but “nope, they’re not ready for it,” she added, recalling her thinking at the time.

    So she sacrificed doing her hair as she would have liked so her husband’s administration could focus on achieving its goals instead of sinking political capital into putting out a hairstyle-induced firestorm.
    “Let me keep my hair straight,” Obama said of her mind-set at the time. “Let’s get health care passed.”

    Obama said her dilemma was an extreme example of the decisions Black women make daily to navigate the politics and sensibilities of their workplaces. They often find it easier, healthier and safer to wear braids, dreadlocks or Afros, but feel the pressure from White beauty standards and workplace norms to chemically straighten their hair for a more professional, “clean-cut” appearance.

    The sacrifice she had to make for more profits for the insurance companies! Black women’s hair is truly an epic part of this country’s history.

  41. @Peter Johnson

    Target enjoyed a monster 2021, I imagine because of economic stimulus and lockdowns wrecking mom and pop store competitors:

    “Full-year sales increased 13.2 percent to $104.6 billion from $92.4 billion last year, reflecting a 12.7 percent increase in comparable sales combined with sales from non-mature stores. Full-year revenue of $106.0 billion grew 13.3 percent compared with 2020, reflecting sales growth of 13.2 percent and a 20.2 percent increase in other revenue. Full-year operating income was $8.9 billion in 2021, an increase of 36.8 percent from $6.5 billion last year.”

    Net earnings in 2019 during the Old Normal were $3,281,000,000, so $600,000,000 is a big but not huge number.

  42. @Twinkie

    That woman is incredibly delusional. First she says that white flight in Southside Chicago in the 1960s was because wypipos “didn’t like the color of our skin, the texture of our hair” and makes zero mention of the skyrocketing crime which was the real reason.

    Now America owes the Affordable Care Act to the fact that Michelle magnanimously declined to braid her hair

  43. @HammerJack

    Damned edit window!

    Now America owes the Affordable Care Act to the fact that Michelle magnanimously declined to braid her hair, because wypipos is fragile and easily traumatized by the sight of hair braids. Something their own daughters have been doing since forever.

    Sorry to admit that I once thought Michelle was a decent woman. She’s not.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  44. J.Ross says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I heard that Walmart developed a policy of letting minnows grow to big fish because they were frustrated by the lack of law enforcement interest in shoplifters. So they keep a file on you like an alphabet gang, “letting” you lift until your haul totals $1,000, at which point they can probably get a judgment. However, that was years before the Soros Prosecutors. DC just tried to effectively legalize carjacking.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  45. Feryl says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Those rulings came about due to litigiousness. At a certain point more and more people were going to sue the authorities for ostensible failure to do their job correctly.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  46. Feryl says:
    @Alden

    His point ought to have been contextualized that since shoplifting is non-violent, therefore it is a relatively common anti-social behavior for females to engage in. Men are more likely to break all sorts of norms/rules mainly due to the sheer number of male idiots outnumbering female idiots. That being said, since males are bigger and stronger than females and are chemically engineered for combat it stands to reason that on the violence spectrum (including violent crime) males tend toward violence substantially more than females.

  47. dearieme says:
    @International Jew

    Your perspective is irrelevant. What you need to compare is the theft from store X with the annual profit from store X.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  48. p s c says:

    Whenever I’m forced to work in the country’s largest open-air drug market, the Kensington section of Philadelphia, I notice mostly white junkies carrying brand new store products to re-sell to the small Dominican-Asian owned retail merchants in the neighborhood. Toiletries and Pampers seem to be the most popular.

    Thefts are made at the big national chains like Walgreen and Target and then fenced at the smaller stores.

    • Agree: mc23, Alden, magilla
    • Thanks: Coemgen
  49. EdwardM says:
    @International Jew

    True, but their operating income was $9B, net income $7B, so we’re approaching a 1% reduction in profit, which is not trivial. I’m sure the CFO looks at plenty of things that cost 1% of profit systemwide. Their gross profit was over 25%, which seems pretty healthy. By saying that the $600M “reduce[s] our gross margin,” they are probably talking about the cost of those goods, meaning that they are also foregoing profit from selling them.

    On the bell-curve of stores, the loss at the higher end might be quite significant, and probably in locales where they can least afford it, e.g., probably not the Mountain View, CA store.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  50. AndrewR says:
    @HammerJack

    Tbf 600m is only like 15 bucks/black. Much vreater expenditures on the black community are not counted towards reparations

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  51. Someone over on Zerohedge, a couple of days ago , in a comment to their reporting of this story, said its been several years since he last saw an Ad for Target that wasn’t all black people.

    Advertising obviously works.

  52. @PhysicistDave

    In a nice synchronicity, today’s the day the Dutch Judge is supposed to release his findings on the Malay Air shootdown.

    • Replies: @Studley
  53. @Alden

    The bathroom decision marked the last time I shopped at target.
    I see they’ve managed to find another patron to replace me,

    • Agree: mc23
  54. @EdwardM

    True, but their operating income was $9B, net income $7B, so we’re approaching a 1% reduction in profit, which is not trivial.

    That was approaching 10%, Ed, not 1%, so definitely not trivial. (But Steve addressed this, I assume while your comment was in moderation.)

    • Replies: @EdwardM
  55. @Yarro

    Thanks. That’s the first thing I did too (look up the number of stores and calculate the loss per store per day). If each item cost $20 then that’s 43 items per day. If they’re open 11 hours (10 to 9?), that’s 4 items per hour.

    Here’s where they are: (Yo, Steve. Floydlandia: Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul, are in the top 5.)

    https://www.scrapehero.com/target-com-analysis-of-store-locations-across-the-u-s/

  56. @J.Ross

    DC just tried to effectively legalize carjacking.

    Had to look that up. It’s true!

    DC police chief says we shouldn’t pursue carjackers who kill people because “it won’t bring back the lost loved ones.”

    (Early 2021) “There has also been an overall rise in carjackings, with a total of 101 incidents this year, while the figure was 22 during the same period of 2020.”

    Yeah, I think that’s an increase.

    https://thedcpost.com/dc-police-chief-deadly-carjacking-teens/

    • Replies: @Abe
    , @kaganovitch
  57. @Bill Jones

    We tend to have quite a few hotties at the Target near me, Bill, due to it being fairly close to the university. That’s especially the case for a week around move-in time. They put those skanks on the flyers to shame, even that one skinnier black girl that appears in ads everywhere. (She must be a multi-billionaire by now!)

    Then again, one nice (lighter-skinned) black lady was at the register (not the same girl from all the flyers and TV ads) last 2 times I went in there. She was genuinely nice and really wanted to make her job better by making chit-chat with the customers. The problem was that she was wearing one of the worst kinds of Fauci-masks to communicate through. I told her honestly that I couldn’t understand her, so she took it off to chat.

    • Replies: @Tony
  58. They’ll probably close stores near black people and open new ones in whiter areas. Then the blacks will complain about “Food Deserts” and not having anywhere to buy flat-screen TVs.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  59. Anonymous[954] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Sam Quinones, the reporter who writes the most hard-headed stuff these days about drugs and homelessness, was really mad at Walmart in his last book, The Least Among Us, for letting meth-heads shoplift without much resistance.

    Well, as Kroger’s, that sociopathic shithole of a company, carries on with their retarded political objectives, their customer’s are discovering that black “shoppers” are expensive…

  60. J.Ross says:
    @Goatweed

    This is how it works in Russia, where you receive your purchase at the second desk by presenting your receipt from the cash box at the first one.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  61. Anon[203] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Traffic fatalities, homicides, and shoplifting were significantly higher in 1979, when America was ~75-80% white, than in 2021.

    If you’re white and 50 years or older, congratulatuons, you survived the boomer carnage. You were substantially more likely to get ripped off or killed by a white boomer than a Wakandan.

    • Replies: @Jay Fink
    , @bomag
  62. JimDandy says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Yeah, I walked into my local Target earlier this year and gayness was everywhere. Gay clothes for kids, everything. You reap what you sow, Targay.

  63. @Twinkie

    “Obama said her dilemma was an extreme example of the decisions Black women make daily to navigate the politics and sensibilities of their workplaces.”

    Too, they would like to twerk on their desktops but alas, that too is verboten by “the pressure from White…workplace norms”

  64. Gordo says:

    How do they solve this in Brazil?

  65. JimDandy says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I remember the last time Tupac got shot, David Letterman’s opening monologue referenced it and said the rapper just got signed as the new spokesman for Target. Hard to believe what used to be allowed back when comedy was funny.

  66. @Anonymous

    The Ralph’s near me has got a closed off section with a separate cashier for those items that some demographics just gots to have. And another market has Black hair care products under lock and key, while White hair care products are not. Must be embarrassing to be a decent, thinking Black man.

  67. J.Ross says:

    OT — Why is every lyingpress story about climate change? Almost like there’s a standing order and an instruction manual guiding journalists to twist every weather story (and many non-weather stories) into the party line? Perhaps the answer can be found in this six-meg PDF from the World Weather Attribution Initiative:
    https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/wp-content/uploads/ENG_WWA-Reporting-extreme-weather-and-climate-change.pdf

  68. @Dmon

    Looks like they were targeted by BLM and its fiends.

  69. Abe says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I think it’s not unknown for middle aged matrons, pillars of their family, to start shoplifting.

    A peak era Simpson’s episode in 1993, “Marge in Chains,” …

    Had to dumb it down for us with your trashy, low-brow pop-cultural reference…

    Just kidding, Maestro. But for some reason your recalling this reminded me that Sigourney Weaver’s mom character in THE ICE STORM had the exact same disorder (weird how quickly I was able to recall this, as I haven’t watched that movie in almost 30 years… I didn’t even have a memory that I still had this memory! And actually, to show the fickleness of memory, I now think it was probably Joan Allen’s mom character…)

    Of course, 1st law of sex majick is that there is only 1 woman in the world but with many faces, so extremely high chance many of those self-confessed shoplifters of means are making it all up to attain trend-following cred and communion with the spirit of the ur-woman .

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  70. Corvinus says:
    @Anonymous

    You write great fiction.

    https://www.verifythis.com/article/news/verify/crime-verify/california-prop-47-shoplifting-950-fact-check/536-4d1de58e-bf47-4ede-8c2f-b4d0c1788b86

    Since you are so upset about criminal activity, why don’t you make a citizen’s arrest? Better yet, pull a Kyle.

    • LOL: magilla
    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
    , @fish
    , @Erik L
  71. @Feryl

    Feryl wrote to me:

    Those rulings came about due to litigiousness. At a certain point more and more people were going to sue the authorities for ostensible failure to do their job correctly.

    Yeah, that’s probably true.

    Of course, when doctors or structural engineers or whatever don’t do their job correctly, they do get sued.

    Interesting that the people who set the rules themselves — the government — have exempted themselves from such lawsuits, don’t you think?

    We cannot, after all, expect the ruling class to live according to the same rules as us commoners!

  72. Abe says:
    @HammerJack

    Had to look that up. It’s true!

    DC police chief says we shouldn’t pursue carjackers who kill people because “it won’t bring back the lost loved ones.”

    Ha! BLM 2.0 was meant to punish the half of America that voted for Trump (we’re quickly burning through all the progress made on law & order and urban livability issues achieved by the superhero Rudy Giuliani and his sidekick Boy Wonder Bloomberg) but wonderful to see so much blowback hitting the centurion classes of the Global American Empire. Have a nice side of pistolwhip with your lunch at Bullfeathers, a-hole!

  73. @Corvinus

    Benito Corvinus wrote to Anonymous:

    You write great fiction [about the shoplifting in California].

    Do you live out here on the Left Coast, Benito?

    Because I do, and that is what is happening.

    Yeah, they could arrest and prosecute them for a misdemeanor.

    If they wanted to.

    California has become a shithole country. (And, yes, my wife does want to leave, even though she has spent almost her entire life out here.)

    I hope that soon your neighborhood will be the same way.

    Somehow, the picture I have of you is that you’d be an easy mark for muggers.

    • Agree: petit bourgeois
    • Replies: @petit bourgeois
    , @tyrone
  74. @Cato

    Lock up “some beauty products” at Wal-mart?

    No, don’t tell me. Let me guess. Jeri-curl and Afro-sheen.

  75. @usNthem

    Agreed. Boomers need to adapt to online shopping and digital wallets. They are the ones perpetuating this.

  76. @AndrewR

    By my calculations a fair and just reparations bill would be around 2.5 trillion dollars plus land grants in the former confederacy to the tune of 40 acres. Both can be taken from middle class whites without too many military casualties, I suspect.

    • Troll: tyrone
    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Anonymous
    , @Midnights
  77. @usNthem

    Good. Down 13.5% today is a decent start towards “brokeness”. Of course the real reason will never be named.

    Yikes, I should have sold my TGT last year.

    Stores full of stuff when our elites decide law+order is officially cancelled (for blacks) … not a great business to own.

  78. @PhysicistDave

    For shits and giggles everyone should now call his congresscritter and demand military action to oust the regime in Keeeev.

  79. Ralph L says:

    Are they still looting trains in LA? Perhaps the piles of littered packaging make it difficult to approach them.

  80. @Anon

    Never in a million years would I EVER expect to see The Red Scare Podcast on this sight!

  81. Kylie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    There’s nothing new under the sun.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  82. I suspected all along that the BLM-inspired Smash & Grab looting and flash mob-style shoplifting would end up being a boon for organized crime. An underworld figure sends the flash mobs out, and then pays them for the goods they stole. The goods then end up on Amazon, Ebay, etc…

  83. Cave says:
    @Cato

    Baby formula has been locked up many places for a long time, specifically because it was a targeted item not for public resale, but for using to cut drugs.

  84. @Evan Drince

    They’ll probably close stores near black people and open new ones in whiter areas. Then the blacks will complain about “Food Deserts” and not having anywhere to buy flat-screen TVs.

    Excellent comment Evan. I was just going to simply “Agree”, but this is also symptomatic of this larger issue we see with most everything from the parasite party.

    If it is not straight up “You evil racist, Nazi white flyover deplorables suck!”, then
    it is some sort “help” with completely, obviously, perverse incentives that actually encourage (or mitigate the costs of) bad, socially destructive behavviors.

    What blacks actually need from the state is … heavy policing.

    The worst thing about being black in America is having to live around–and have white people associate you with–black criminals. Deal with criminality, lock up the scumbags and most blacks can function and build lives at the functional working class level. This is what blacks doing nationalist self-help–ex. Black Muslims–try to do–impose standards and bust heads of troublemakers.
    ,
    But, of course, the dominant–very well-funded–ideology is “racism!”. Because blacks serve as the minoritarians cudgel for beating on evil white gentile flyover deplorables and justifying hijacking their nation.

    • Thanks: Kylie
    • Replies: @Peter Johnson
  85. fish says:
    @Corvinus

    ” No, you can’t steal up to $950 worth of merchandise in California without consequence under Proposition 47. The proposition reduced the punishment for certain theft crimes, but it still classifies shoplifting as a misdemeanor.”

    Weak sauce Corby…….as usual.

  86. Ganderson says:
    @Anonymous

    Ralph’s is prominently mentioned in Frank Zappa’s (Rock Opera? Song cycle? Dunno.) “Billy the Mountain”

    “…he headed up to Ralph’s on Sunset for some Aunt Jemima syrup, some Kaiser Broiler foil, and a pair of blunt scissors…”

    “ and in the parking lot at Ralph’s ‘where no prices are lower prices than Ralph’s’…”

    Early product placement? Was Frank a Ralph’s customer? How about Flo and Eddie?

  87. varsicule says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Men and women both showed substantial symptom severity and functional impairment. Compared to affected men, women with kleptomania were more likely to be married (47.1% compared to 25.9%; p=.039), have a later age at shoplifting onset (20.9 compared to 14 years; p=.001), steal household items (p<.001), hoard stolen items (p=.020), and have an eating disorder (p=.017) and less likely to steal electronic goods (p<.001) and have another impulse control disorder (p=.018).

  88. Ganderson says:
    @Alden

    I think they kicked out the Salvation Army bellringers, too.

  89. @AnotherDad

    “What blacks actually need from the state is … heavy policing.”

    I disagree with you on this. On average Blacks want light policing and relatively heavy crime. You are projecting your preferences on to that community, and I think that is not an accurate reflection of their aggregate preferences. I suspect they actually in aggregate prefer a looser and some more disorderly environment with lighter policing and more crime.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  90. Here are the numbers .

    Income Statement
    Basic EPS (FY) 14.2307
    Basic EPS (TTM) 7.3609
    EPS Diluted (FY) 14.0978
    Net Income (FY) 6.946B
    EBITDA (TTM) 7.53B
    Gross Profit (MRQ) 6.241B
    Gross Profit (FY) 28.698B
    Last Year Revenue (FY) 106.005B
    Total Revenue (FY) 106.005B
    Free Cash Flow (TTM) −1.804B

    So Net Margin of 6.5%

    On a $106 Bn gross $865 Mn is 81 basis points or about an eighth of their net profits walking out the door.

    https://www.investopedia.com/markets/quote?tvwidgetsymbol=tgt

  91. Alden says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Anon explicitly referred to young women, not matrons. Simpson’s and family guy both had episodes in which the mothers shoplifted. Fictional TV shows. Like anon’s claims.

    Check out CVS and other chain stores. Men’s razors locked up not women’s. Men’s hair cutters locked up. Not women’s curling irons and hit roller sets.

    Everyone I’ve known who ever worked women’s wear retail told me it’s always black women who shoplifted everywhere from second hand shops to Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

    And when I was a probation officer in a city whose black population never rose to more than 11 percent the women shoplifters who got arrested were all black. As were about 96 percent of all arrestees.

    Of course those were the days when it was possible to arrest shoplifters and black women.

    • Replies: @Anon
  92. @Reg Cæsar

    “Organized”? I’m confused– I thought it was blacks.

    It’s mostly not, in all likelihood. Yes, some blacks may shoplift with impunity, but whites and Latinos are much better at organized crime. BLM makes it easier for smart criminals to gain an advantage and pull off the big hauls. As always most blacks don’t benefit from movements that supposedly “help” them.

  93. ic1000 says:
    @Anonymous

    > Toplifting at the Wall Street level. Madoff and Bankman…

    Thanks for the mention of SBF, it allows me to go off-topic on FTX below the fold.

    [MORE]

    NBC Today introduced its audience to this multi-billion and multi-faceted crypto scandal in a decidedly humorous way. This morning’s “In Depth” investigative report ran 3 minutes (a lengthy segment for TV news). Its focus was on the FTX-endorsing celebrities listed in a class action lawsuit, complete with clips of the Super Bowl (etc.) ads that featured them.

    Words not used included: Financial, crime, fraud, criminal, suspect, Ponzi, scheme, second, largest, Democratic, campaign, contributor, corrupt, professor, mother, PAC, girlfriend, investors, stolen, funds, Ukraine, money, laundering, or SEC.

    Once again, the NYT sets the agenda (in this instance with the tongue-bath profile of SBF discussed here) and the remainder of the news/infotainment industry take their cues and follow along.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    , @AnotherDad
  94. Studley says:
    @Bill Jones

    Yeah but you can’t just shoot down by accident passenger airplanes.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  95. Alden says:
    @Anon

    Respected and serious actress you must mean Winona Ryder caught at Saks Beverly Hills about 20 years ago.

    The men of UNZ the men of UNZ no matter what the topic always find a way to insert their hatred of White women. Especially the young attentive White women who reject their pervy creepy advances.

    Check out whose razors and hair implements are locked up.

  96. @Alden

    Target should continue to be anti-white until reparations for slavery are paid.

    • Troll: tyrone
  97. hhsiii says:
    @hhsiii

    Ok, yeah, nephew of Douglas Dayton, co “founder” and first president of the Target subsidiary. Although I think the founder of the now Target corporation was the founder of Dayton’s.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  98. Kylie says:
    @ic1000

    Meanwhile The Daily Mail is a more blunt.

    Sam Bankman-Fried appears to blame his GIRLFRIEND for FTX collapse https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11437361/Sam-Bankman-Fried-admits-lied-ethical.html?ito=native_share_article-top

    • Thanks: MEH 0910
    • Replies: @ic1000
    , @Alden
    , @HammerJack
  99. @Hypnotoad666

    The retailer commits $10 million and ongoing resources for rebuilding efforts and advancing social justice.

    Okay, it turns out to be $400 million instead of $10 million, but all for the same cause, so we’re good, right?

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  100. songbird says:

    I wonder how much it is at this one location: (in Boston)

    [MORE]

  101. Alden says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    A lot of the shoplifting at food markets and the big chain drug stores is organized crime. The shoplifters aren’t just stealing tooth paste shampoo soap etc for themselves. They work for the immigrant convenience stores. Steal bags of items. And then sell it to convenience store owners for re sale., it’s a big racket, the loss prevention people are very aware of it. The big problem is not shoplifting for personal use but for re sale.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  102. “Target: ‘Organized retail[BANTU] crime’ has driven $400 million in extra profit loss this year”

  103. @Achmed E. Newman

    If I had a bigger storage area I wouldn’t have been on the bleach aisle again till 10 years after the SHTF

    Bleach doesn’t do well in long-term storage. From the internet: “The shelf life of bleach is approximately six months, but proper storage can help it last a full year before its effectiveness begins to drop by 20 percent yearly.”

    I’ve had old, unopened bottles of bleach that no longer even had that distinctive odor.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  104. ic1000 says:
    @Kylie

    Re: gf responsible for FTX woes

    Yeah, but it could be simple jealousy on the Daily Mail‘s part. After all, it’s the New York Times that snagged mover/shaker SBF as a keynote speaker for their live event next week. Alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Janet Yellen, and Vladimir Zelensky.

    Who could make this stuff up.

    [MORE]

    • Thanks: Renard
    • LOL: Kylie
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Alden
    , @ic1000
  105. Brutusale says:
    @HammerJack

    Of course, the fact that Harvard is defending themselves against charges of discrimination in the Supreme Court and that Yale Law grads have been put on notice by some federal judges that they won’t hire any of them as clerks because of the stupendous wokery of the idiots running the school, like aforementioned dean, has nothing to do with this decision!

    • Agree: Renard
  106. @PhysicistDave

    The Town of Castle Rock case is particularly egregious. Some poor lady was murdered by her ex when police refused to enforce a restraining order signed by a judge.

    Most people don’t understand that in this country you are not entitled to police protection. People who call my law firm ask me every day: “Aren’t the police there to protect and serve?” To which I reply: “The only thing police protect and serve is their own paycheck.”

    This is the clown world in which we live. I could be stabbing you in the chest three feet away from a cop, and they don’t have a duty to do anything, because some tyrants in black robes say so.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  107. Brutusale says:
    @Bill Jones

    This little beauty was brought to my attention recently. Perfect commercial for the coal burners among us; do you notice a father, or any sort of sperm donor?

    • Thanks: Bill Jones
    • Replies: @Ralph L
  108. Target’s outreach continues in LA

    Homeless Man Stabs Two People Inside Target in Downtown LA — One of the Victims Was a 9-Year-Old Boy

    http://www.hideoutnow.com/2022/11/homeless-man-stabs-two-people-inside.html

  109. Alden says:
    @Kylie

    I saw that. Bankman Freid must be a man of UNZ Blame women for all the problems of the world.

    He hasn’t been arrested but is “under supervision”
    by local police, not allowed to leave the island.

    • Replies: @fish
  110. @PhysicistDave

    That’s because doctors, lawyers and engineers are professionals, which usually require malpractice insurance. Cops are not not professionals. They are essentially gang members with badges and guns sanctioned by the state. They get away with murder under the doctrine of qualified immunity.

    I don’t hate cops. My dad was a cop. Their bad behavior is where I derive my source of income… through litigation. Somebody has to do the Lord’s work, and I’m an atheist like you. I enjoy getting paid to fu*k with cops all day every day.

    I’ve posted this before, but here is a good example of what they get away with:

  111. @Harry Baldwin

    Okay, it turns out to be $400 million instead of $10 million

    Oops, I meant $600 million. But what’s a few hundred million one way or the other when it comes to Social Justice?

    • Agree: ic1000
  112. @PhysicistDave

    Don’t feed the troll. He couldn’t find his ass with both hands.

    The cops won’t protect you, and laws in California prevent you from arming and protecting yourself. It’s known as anarcho-tyranny.

    Even the Nazis helped old ladies cross the street. Today’s law enforcement, not so much.

  113. Mr. Anon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Target enjoyed a monster 2021, I imagine because of economic stimulus and lockdowns wrecking mom and pop store competitors:

    Yeah. Thanks for that all you lockdown boosters. You helped enable it.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  114. The two Target stores closest to me (they’re never too far apart, which is how they cannibalize the market) both have large self-checkout areas. On the one hand, it probably helps the sale of potentially embarrassing personal care products like Preparation H and Women’s sanitary products (which I recall were some of the more shoplifted items at one point). On the other hand, it is a system liable to exploitation by shoplifters who can be seen purchasing low value products while moving higher value merchandise through. In more diverse neighborhoods, it’s probably hard enough to find help to show up on time, but asking them to intervene when people are obviously stealing is probably not likely to be met with success.

    One summer during college I worked in one of those warehouse big box stores doing stocking. One trick (back then) was to empty a box with a large item like a futon and fill it with multiple smaller high value items like DVD players, and then check out with the futon box.

  115. Alden says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Tide!!! The very very best laundry detergent ever. It’s always being shoplifted and re sold. Supposedly there’s even counterfeit Tide and Tide bottles and boxes around. Probably manufactured in China.

    Is nothing sacred anymore?

  116. Erik L says:
    @Corvinus

    That fact check is BS because the leave out the key trickery- the cops cannot arrest you for a misdemeanor unless they witness it. That is why it is functionally legal to steal less than $950 as long as you don’t do it in front of a policeman

  117. SF says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    It is ironic that Mark Dayton, former left liberal governor of Minnesota, is part of the family that founded Target. Target stores in Minneapolis also suffered conventional smash and grab looting after George Floyd.

  118. Mr. Anon says:
    @ic1000

    Here is the full roster of guests:

    https://www.nytimes.com/events/dealbook-summit#speakers

    And it includes commenter John Johnson’s top choice for President, Mike Pence.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  119. Jack D says:
    @usNthem

    Shoplifting, like most crime, is disproportionately black but not only black. The organized shoplifting rings also enlist white drug addicts of which there are plenty.

    At one time, police and prosecutors in the US had strategies that were fairly effective against organized crime but maybe these don’t work if it means having to arrest even more black people than they already do. You need to go after the heads of the organization and the organization falls apart and you are left with only DISorganized crime.

    A professional shoplifter (someone who is not just “shopping” for their own needs) needs a fence to convert the stolen goods to cash. You can steal one electric toothbrush but then your electric toothbrush needs are filled. If you steal ten of them you need to sell the rest or else you are wasting your time. The internet has made this somewhat easier in that if you buy a brand new electric toothbrush on ebay you have no way of knowing where the seller got it from.

  120. I watched video after video from in-store Target cameras on Fox business news – it is clear for everyone to see – mobs of sub-saharian africans stealing and carting off loads of merchandise. Many of the stores are in California, so the cops and judges don’t care.

  121. Alden says:
    @Anon

    So why don’t you provide a link to these respected and privileged White women who talk about their shoplifting while discussing serious cultural and political matters?

  122. @ic1000

    Words not used included: Financial, crime, fraud, criminal, suspect, Ponzi, scheme, second, largest, Democratic, campaign, contributor, corrupt, professor, mother, PAC, girlfriend, investors, stolen, funds, Ukraine, money, laundering, or SEC.

    Not a complete list.

    But as Chappelle said “it’s a ‘coincidence’”.

    • LOL: ic1000
  123. I would shed no tears for Target and other retail giants. They all supported BLM thugs, so they are getting their just deserts. As Russian saying puts it, “that’s how you teach the fools”.

  124. @Achmed E. Newman

    The reason it shocked me that Clorox is near $8 a bottle when I had 3-something in my head is that I stocked up on it years ago.

    As Harry noted, liquid Bleach is not a candidate for long term storage. Bleach tabs and pool shock (granular)are better long term candidates. Pool shock is twice the concentration of household bleach so much more efficient from prep/storage standpoint.

  125. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    In Mexico or Russia, outrageous failures and lapses exist, but certain systems run perfectly.

    Can you give examples of things that run “perfectly” in Mexico or Russia? To the extent that they do (which is very little), it may because they resort to brutal methods that are not (and should not) be tolerated in civilized countries. For example, smashing the heads of deserters with a sledge hammer may be effective at discouraging desertion but it’s still wrong.

    You (Jack) could say it would be that way anyway, but not really. The shoplifters are creating a situation in which the company cannot afford marginal activities which, in a more secure environment, it might very well choose to enable.

    I’m not sure that I follow. Are you saying that if Target had $600 million extra they would treat their employees or customers better as opposed to just using it for a stock buyback and giving out bigger bonuses to the top officers? I’m not so sure. They are economic actors – they pay their workers a market wage – the lowest wage that they need to pay in order to attract a workforce, they treat their customers in the minimum way that they can and can get away with it in relation to their competitors, etc.

    Shoplifting doesn’t change the equation. “Oh, we have $600 million extra – let’s raise all our employees $1/hour.” Not gonna happen. Wall Street wouldn’t let it happen. What happens instead is that (A) they raise their prices to offset the losses to the extent that they have the market power to do so) and (B) customers get inconvenienced in other way – the baby formula is locked up and so instead of just grabbing it off the shelf you have to spend 20 minutes in order to buy 1 can of formula.

    Overall, crime diminishes the experience, makes you less likely to want to visit their store in the 1st place when Amazon would just bring the same crap to your doorstep. Retail shopping is for the most part doomed and this is one more nail in the coffin. The other day I needed a new webcam (my wife got a new computer and her old one was incompatible). I looked up reviews online and then found the best reviewed model at Amazon. This was late in the evening and the camera arrived on my doorstep at 8AM the following morning (someone driving a private car dropped it off). How do they do that?

    I looked at the website of my local Microcenter (I am blessed in that we still have one of the few surviving computer stores and generally I try to give them business) and they had the same camera and actually for $5 less. But I would have had to have gotten in the car to drive there (gas is not free) and spent at least 1/2 hr if not more and this was the clincher – Microcenter has something called “18 Minute Pickup” – you shop for an item and they pull it from the shelf and have it waiting for you at the checkout. BUT (and this is the 1st time I had seen this) this camera had (I assume a lot of low $ items have) a button saying “18 Minute Pickup Not Available”. I assume with the difficulty they are having in getting labor, they decided that it wasn’t worth it to have their employees fetching $25 cameras off the shelf. Sure, we’ll fetch a $500 laptop for you, but you want a $25 camera buddy? Go find it yourself. Well that was the clincher for me. Sorry Microcenter, Amazon is not only going to fetch that camera off the shelf it is going to send someone in a car to drop it on my doorstep before you even open the doors.

    One of the reasons I left Manhattan for the suburbs in the late 80s was that the constant low level crime just wears on your soul. You have to be situationally aware at all time in order to prevent yourself from being a victim. Seeing all the reminders of dysfunction, the graffitied subway cars and the smell of urine on the subway steps and so is depressing. But now I am seeing that crime (like Democrat voting patterns – perhaps not a coincidence) is a suburban thing too. My local CVS has all these drawers and gizmos to discourage shoplifting. The tellers at the local bank are now behind bulletproof glass just like the liquor stores of the Upper West Side back in the day. There is really nowhere left to flee – out in the rural areas you have the meth heads.

    Best thing is just to stay home and have Amazon bring the stuff to you. Business meeting – do it on Zoom. Kids need edjumacating – do that on Zoom too. Doctor’s visit – telemedicine. Want to see a movie – have it streamed to your TV. Want a restaurant meal – Uber Eats will bring it to you. Deposit a check – take a picture of it with your cell phone. You never have to go out and interact with the junkies.

    • Thanks: SafeNow
    • Replies: @SafeNow
  126. @dearieme

    Your perspective is irrelevant. What you need to compare is the theft from store X with the annual profit from store X.

    This. In reality, of course, shoplifting is not evenly distributed across all Target locations. Rather there are some locations that will experience little to minimal theft and there are others that will deal with a swarm of locusts on a regular basis. Those locations either have ceased to be profitable or will shortly do so and corporate will close them. Fast forward a couple of years and we will be reading bien pensant think pieces about the ‘Tarjay deserts’ in certain neighborhoods as evidence of the continued existence of “Structural Racism”. As Santayana might have said, “Lather , rinse, repeat.”

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  127. @HammerJack

    Why is he wearing a red plastic bracelet? Is he some sort of institutional escapee?

  128. @Yarro

    ‘$865 per store per day at 1,900 stores, hard to believe.’

    It’s going to be concentrated. Shoplifting will be up a lot more at the store in Richmond, Ca than the one in Eugene, Or.

  129. Dmon says:

    OT, but extremely iStevey – the World Diversity Cup Championship match is underway.
    https://www.thecollegefix.com/black-activists-want-queer-latina-diversity-chief-removed-at-university-of-arizona/
    “Black activists want queer Latina diversity chief removed at University of Arizona”

    This one is almost too close to handicap. The contestants:
    The Coalition of Black Students and Allies and the African American Student Affairs office continue to demand the university remove Interim Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Maribel Alvarez from her role. Alvarez is also an anthropologist and “folklorist.” She describes herself as an “immigrant” and “queer” in her university bio.”

    Alvarez looks unbeatable on paper, but her opponent is equally formidable.
    The controversy includes Alvarez (pictured) calling the police on a “Black, queer and disabled student,” named Kai Leigh Harriott, according to the The Daily Wildcat.”

    No matter how it turns out, Alvarez is expected to maintain possession of the world record for Longest Job Title.

    • LOL: Cool Daddy Jimbo
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  130. @Hypnotoad666

    I think anarcho-tyranny is the official name for the current system. (Anarchy when it comes to protecting law-abiding citizens, tyranny when it comes to persecuting them).

    You are correct, it’s a concept generally attributed to Samuel Francis. For another California angle see Victor Davis Hanson on how Hispanics in the area of his farm are allowed to get away with all sorts of stuff while people like him are focused on.

    But retarded Californians won’t stop voting for Democrats.

    Perhaps. Our meta-host Ron Unz makes a case in his American Pravda series that (going from memory) mobsters especially from Chicago set up shop in California after WWII.

    A key political detail was how money was particularly effective in California back then, such a huge fraction of the voting population were newcomers so huge media buys, and they’re extra expensive in huge in both space and people California had an outsized effect compared to “normal” states.

    I personally corroborate this thesis (or maybe he included this?) by noticing all the commissions and other unusually numerous units of government which provide sinecures for lots of their ruling class to both oppress the people and provide a platform to do full time lower level politics, like of the vote cheating kind. California has done a great deal there, including the infamous from extraordinary corrupt Louisiana jungle primary.

    So between all of the above, importing a new people, and so many who’d maybe vote against this instead getting the hell out of the state … today it’s said to pretty feudal in nature, many at the bottom who are most useful for votes, not many and a steadily decreasing number in the middle, and a top that can play this game for the time being. Which may come to an end:

    A lot of it comes directly from California uniquely from long standing public policy making non-competes unenforceable, and in other ways which I find almost inconceivable having employee friendly policies like preventing companies from owning the output of workers 24×7 and going so far as to allow salesmen to take customer lists to a new company (!).

    Thus the Bay area’s massive electronics and now software wealth engine, between this and a consent agreement requiring FRAND licensing that IBM was operating under when it started doing computers I’d wildly guess the development of computers was sped up by years, probably decades. Companies don’t like all this, but “it’s for their own good” to have an extremely liquid pool of cross-fertilizing talent. I’d be surprised if this didn’t hold for its later to the game biotech industry but I have no data about it. Had to have helped with aerospace until that died/was killed in the early 1970s although I’m sure it still contributes to the state’s economy.

    So, the point of all of the above is that as things get worse like the “shrinkage” in retail due to random to organized theft, California may end up killing the golden goose. At which point it’ll expect to be bailed out by the Federal government, we’ll see how well that goes as the state lines up to the trough along with Illinois and so many other Blue states….

  131. Alfa158 says:
    @Cato

    There was a brouhaha a few years back about locking up cosmetics. One of the drugstore chains started locking up the cosmetics that were likely to be stolen, which by racist coincidence, happened to be cosmetics for Blacks. The non-Black specific cosmetics were not being locked up because they weren’t disappearing.
    You can imagine the stink that ensued including comparisons to relative incarceration rates.
    Some stores are locking up or putting anti-theft tags on Tide laundry detergent because a certain demographic group favors for unknown reasons that particular brand.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  132. Charles says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    True, honest-to-goodness Americans will not stop voting for The System. A “California problem” to-day will be the way of life in the US relatively soon.

  133. MM says:
    @Yarro

    How many people’s salaries is that? What percentage of their daily profit?

    I was a store manager at a (small) retail store for a while. That would have been our entire daily take (i.e. the bank deposit) some days.

  134. MM says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Organized can be as small as 2 guys where one acts as lookout.

    If they’re looking at video cameras it’s likely to be four guys in a van piling out and mobbing the place then retreating with what they grabbed. Likely with scouting expeditions to start with to locate small valuable stuff.

    Doesn’t actually require gangs and fences you know.

  135. Jack D says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Big Lots has bleach for $2/gallon (a full gallon). If you buy it today, it’s $1.70:

    https://www.biglots.com/product/bleach-128-oz-/p140013837

    Bleach is made by the electrolysis of salt water. Salt water is extremely cheap (the ocean is full of it) but electricity has gotten more expensive. But not THAT much more expensive. Probably the main cost in bleach is packaging, shipping, transportation, profit, advertising, etc. If you bought it in a tank car at the loading dock it’s probably 25 cents/ gallon.

    One of the vague random memories I have from my childhood in Brooklyn (I left when I was not quite 6) was that there used to be men who delivered bleach in reusable glass bottles just like they used to deliver soda. I assume it was made locally – it’s not a high tech process.

  136. tyrone says:
    @PhysicistDave

    my wife does want to leave,

    ………I would suggest moving somewhere where you can shoot crows from your back porch.

  137. Jack D says:
    @Alfa158

    Tide laundry detergent because a certain demographic group favors for unknown reasons that particular brand.

    The reason is not because junkies want clean clothes. They steal to order and they steal high value name brand products that can be easily resold. You can sell a bottle of Tide at the neighborhood bodega but not a bottle of CVS store brand detergent. A gallon of Tide is $28. A (smaller) bottle of store brand detergent is $2.50.

    Most retail theft today is organized shoplifting rings that methodically go from store to store and steal thousand of $ worth of stuff. Jemalia stealing an eyeliner pencil now and then is not the issue. That goes on too but probably 90% of their losses by value are the people who are stealing to order for organized rings.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Graveldips
  138. @Kylie

    How could you skip the pics? Steve’s new flame deserves full representation.

    AND the part which is guaranteed to get the readership here all hot and bothered:

    • LOL: Kylie
  139. Alden says:
    @ic1000

    Shouldn’t Zelenzky be home courageously fighting for his Homeland? Israel. Is Zelensky even a citizen of Ukraine?

  140. SafeNow says:
    @Jack D

    Best thing is just to stay home and have Amazon bring the stuff to you. (etc.)

    Agreed. Here’s another one. You are probably a step ahead of me on this one, but just in case: A few years ago I joined the Earthcam app. $5. Non-recurring. Basically it’s a collection of about 100 (all actually functioning!) webcams, all in one place, a handy scrollable illustrated list. A wide variety, including lots of nature. Every day I go online and see the nice giraffe family at the Greenville SC Zoo, etc. etc. etc. People who know my posts know my view is that “1958 was better,” but I think I am fair about acknowledging the many new things that are terrific (and Sailer University and Pub is one of them).

  141. Ben Kurtz says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Doctors, lawyers and engineers generally get to pick their clients; they don’t owe a duty to the whole world to serve any schmuck who turns up at their doorstep. (Limited exceptions for EMTALA, etc.)

    The purported duty on cops to intervene in emergency situations would run to everyone in a local jurisdiction. That’s a huge difference.

    There is also a bit of an issue in continuously handing out Ghetto Lottery Tickets (i.e. the right to bring a lawsuit that’s not immediately dismissed as frivolous) to every resident of the South Side of Chicago.

    Not saying I’m 100% convinced that those court cases got it right… But I see how those results are a plausibly rational way of addressing what would otherwise be a real issue.

  142. Like most everything that ails us, this is not particularly complicated to fix.

    (For example: Allow stores to apprehend shoplifters without legal hassles and hold for cops, then have a sentence like being stripped naked and put in stocks in the public square. Heck, stores that wanted to could build stocks in front of their stores 😉

    But unfortunately, from having a border on down, the official “Our Democracy” ideology is that normal, productive white people are not allowed to have nations, civilization.

    • Replies: @Barnard
  143. Alden says:
    @Twinkie

    Look st pictures of Michelle going back to when she was young. She hasn’t worn braids since she was about 11. When she was young she wore her hair natural and very short almost masculine style.

    When she finished law school she started wearing the standard office worker style worn by women or all races. A chin length cut. Layered or all one length straight and smooth or wavy depending on the current style for chin length hair cuts.

    Just be thankful she’s sticking to hair and other grievance trivia.

    She’s had numerous plastic surgery not just lifts. I’m pretty sure she has a chin implant to create a feminine pointy chin oval face instead of the standard square bull dog face. Oprah has the same chin implant. And her forehead raised by electrolysis

  144. @HammerJack

    That woman is incredibly delusional.

    Yep. If there were an award for Most Irrational Self Esteem, the top 3 contenders would be her, HRC, and Megan Markle.

  145. magilla says:
    @Twinkie

    Just what we were worried about in the dark days of 2009–how the Wookie decided to get her “nappy hair did”.

  146. B. Army says: • Website

    OT – British Army has no time for sexual harassment!

    • Replies: @tyrone
  147. Target’s whole schtick for years has been to demonize Walmart as some oppressive/monopolistic redneck loser place to suburban moms and urban dwellers — i.e. blue-voting folks– and then offer themselves as a non-oppressive, tolerant alternative.

    It worked well for Target; remember how for years a Walmart coming to a blue area got protested? Target was behind a lot of that. And then when Walmart couldn’t move in because of the political pressure, well, that’s a nice vacant store lot you got there, isn’t it a shame no one but a big box store can go there? Target’ll take it off your hands, blue state folks….for half-price. Because no one else can move in there, and you wouldn’t want evil Walmart to try to come back, would you?

    I recall there was a Target in the Bronx during the Giuliani/Bloomberg years, just over the river from Manhattan. Was pretty busy on Saturdays from Domincans and other hispanics families coming, and few things were locked up. Messy, but no one was looting, and it was mostly blue collar folks — reminded you of what blue-collar white families might be doing in a Sears in the 1970s and 80s.

    Of course, Target boneheadedly forgot that the reason it could move into cities was the tough on crime policies the 90s and 2000s had in place. Then they supported the BLM/Antifa terrorism…and now all their stores in “safe” blue cities and underclass suburbs are being looted into oblivion.

    I shudder to think what that Target just over the river in the Bronx looks like today.

    Doubly poetic that Minneapolis was one of the epicenters of the 2020 riots in favor of crime, given that Target is Minnesota-based. (Heck, the Twins stadium is sponsored by Target— Target Field).

    God bless them, but really hard to feel bad for a company that vilified white people and excused harsh criminality. Chickens coming home to roost, as Obama’s preacher said.

  148. @Harry Baldwin

    Thanks to all 3 of you gentlemen, Harry, Mr. Kaganovitch, and Jack D. My internet checks out with yours (and your common knowledge). I did notice that this stuff wasn’t doing so well in the laundry, come to think about it ..

    This one is embarrassing because I just never checked, and I’m something of a prepper at that. I do have some pool shock.

    • Replies: @Alden
  149. @Jack D

    … that there used to be men who delivered bleach in reusable glass bottles just like they used to deliver soda. ..

    Now there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.. too bad you were only 6 then … ;-}

    • Replies: @Dmon
  150. Canute says:

    Target pretty much announced that the thieves would be welcomed with open arms after they proudly opened their Ladies Rooms to perverts.

    • Agree: R.G. Camara
  151. They’ll make it back in the form of higher prices. In the end, and as usual, the customer gets stuck with the bill.

  152. @Peter Johnson

    I didn’t say it was inconsequential. It’s bad and needs to be stopped.

  153. Mike Tre says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Now now! Remember! If it saved just one life!!! Especially an old man’s life. Who likes to golf.

  154. @PhysicistDave

    “We cannot, after all, expect the ruling class to live according to the same rules as us commoners!”

    Unless you believe in miracles!

  155. fish says:
    @Alden

    I saw that. Bankman Freid must be a man of UNZ Blame women for all the problems of the world.

    Nahh……just employing the well used Marion Barry strategy……bitch set me up!

    Tough to go wrong with the classics.

  156. Ralph L says:
    @Brutusale

    That’s Kris Jenner and some of her Kartrashians. Krismas! Be glad Bruce and some of the black sperm donors aren’t in it.

  157. epebble says:
    @J.Ross

    Actually, software has become much better. I remember the early MS-DOS days when typically, I would reboot at least 2 or 3 times a day. Then during early windows days, it was still 1 or 2 reboots a day. Remember Unrecoverable Application Error Box? Things started improving with Windows NT and 2000. Only with Windows XP, you could spend all day without a reboot. Now, with Windows 10, I can go without a reboot for many days. Sometimes rebooting only when Microsoft updates the software.

    On the other hand, first time I tried using Linux in 1998, it ran for 20 days without a crash (I had to turn off the machine then) and I was dumbfounded.

    I am actually impressed how with all the applications created by Tom, Dick and Harry running on my phone, it stays on without crashing days on end.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    , @Anonymous
  158. @Kaz

    This. Their operating margins are just under 4%

  159. epebble says:
    @Anon

    I think we may have defined deviancy down so much that it has become fashionable. It is like a studious college student being called a nerd or geek and not fun loving and enjoying his/her college ‘freedom’.

  160. Anonymous[183] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    I find it hard to believe that young women who habitually steal luxury goods and brag about it to their online audiences would have anything interesting to say about culture or politics.

  161. @Hypnotoad666

    But retarded Californians won’t stop voting for Democrats.

    Yes and unfortunately, that’s true of them in other states that they flee to, as well. They are a cancer, a virus, that requires eradication.

    As a near-native of a state that’s currently undergoing warp-speed Californication, I loathe those bastards more and more every second. They’re like pigs that you keep giving brand-new, squeaky-clean pig pens to, which they immediately begin pissing and shitting up just as they did the last one. They cannot be anything other than what they are and they require a final solution that lamentably, is unlikely to ever be implemented.

  162. @PhysicistDave

    Great comment. Sir. May I quote you?? 🙂

  163. @Bill Jones

    New advertisement suggestion for target… Target …for blacks!! Truth in advertising.

  164. @Jack D

    From what demographic do the organizers of these rings come?

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    , @Jack D
  165. Alden says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I was going to suggest ammonia as a substitute for bleach. But ammonia and detergent have a 2 year shelf life.

    Baking powder I always write the date. It is useless after a year. Same with any cake cornbread pancake mix and self rising flour. Best use by 6 months. Or your cake will be flat as a pancake. Self rising flour would be ok as long as you added fresh baking powder.

    How do you keep the critters away from long stored food? In California the raccoons would be chewing through the roof.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  166. @SafeNow

    Every day I go online and see the nice giraffe family at the Greenville SC Zoo, etc. etc. etc. People who know my posts know my view is that “1958 was better,” but I think I am fair about acknowledging the many new things that are terrific (and Sailer University and Pub is one of them).

    The problem is that it is a paradox – the good things about 2022 are very much intertwined with the causes of the bad things about 2022. So it’s probably a fool’s errand to imagine the possibility of a continuous 1958 America where every boy has an inexhaustible supply of vivid, on-demand video pornography in his pocket, and every girl has a vehicle for social media status competition in her pocket that gives her intermittent dings of Pavlovian approval among the vast slack time dreading disapproval. It’s simply an impossibility – 1958 is in many ways defined by the innocence and optimism of the post-War American character. Third grade drag queens and assisted suicide for the depressed is sort of the polar opposite of 1958 America.

    The upside is that you can see a nice real time video of a giraffe anywhere in the world that there is a camera, The downside is that the same technology made your fellow Americans into fat, lazy, status-obsessed, irreligious, celebrity-obsessed slobs who can’t properly govern themselves and don’t care to reproduce more Americans while they are being replaced by third world foreigners at an accelerating pace.

    • Replies: @Zoos
    , @SafeNow
  167. @Jack D

    I remember reading an article where you could make Nitrogen Trichloride, a liquid analogous to that fun Nitrogen Triiodine contact explosive, by running electricity through lead electrodes in a solution of Ammonia Chloride. The Chlorine generated on the surface of the electrodes reacts with the solution leaving oily NiCL3 on the surface where you can collect it with some wire and make it detonate through physical violence.

    Great fun!

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  168. Barnard says:
    @AnotherDad

    (For example: Allow stores to apprehend shoplifters without legal hassles and hold for cops, then have a sentence like being stripped naked and put in stocks in the public square. Heck, stores that wanted to could build stocks in front of their stores

    In our society of depraved attention seekers desperate to claim victimhood, this would be seen as an incentive to shoplift, not a deterrent. The first Go Fund Me for one of these people would hit $100k in less than 24 hours.

  169. Jay Fink says:
    @Cato

    A friend of mine who works in retail told me confronting shoplifters is the #2 reason anyone gets fired at his workplace behind absences. There is too much liability in confronting shoplifters as many could get violent.

  170. johnmark7 says:
    @Yarro

    For that amount, you’d think they could afford to hire some tougher security guards. Start prosecuting and deter theft to start with . . . but that would mean . . .

  171. @Ben Kurtz

    Doctors, lawyers and engineers generally get to pick their clients; they don’t owe a duty to the whole world to serve any schmuck who turns up at their doorstep. (Limited exceptions for EMTALA, etc.)

    I think one of the best ways to conceive of your local municipal police is as the equivalent of the municipal sewer or sanitation worker except that the former deals in human trash. Your view should be that Officer Malone keeps the human trash away from your wife and kids, much the same way that the sanitation worker spirits away a barrel of trash and rotten garbage, and the sewer worker ensures that your bowels’ leavings go down into a small, aqueous hole in your floor and you never have to think about them ever again while dysentery and cholera are to you distant figments of history.

    That’s more or less how I approached discussion with mostly comfortable white suburban women who had to express their heartfelt sorrow over the expiration of George Floyd. There is no perfect solution – something bad happening when someone really, really doesn’t want to be arrested is a statistical inevitability in a Nation of 330,000 plus bellybuttons. The choice is once in a while a suspect who is a prior violent felon with heart condition and a high dose of illicit drugs might expire while resisting arrest, or that same prior felon on drugs might do something to your wife or kids much, much worse. Thus far, the Press and social pressure have convinced many women to prefer the second to the first (while, I am certain, they are hedging that the second will happen to other, less well off people rather than them).

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Alden
    , @Alden
  172. @Jay Fink

    A friend of mine who works in retail told me confronting shoplifters is the #2 reason anyone gets fired at his workplace behind absences. There is too much liability in confronting shoplifters as many could get violent.

    Well, crazy as it sounds the store is probably also considering that an allegation of excessive force to stop shoplifting in progress earns the store a fresh lawsuit from the shoplifter. Not to mention that if things go sideways and an innocent third party is injured during a melee the store may be liable as well. From a dollars and sense perspective, many if not most shoplifters are going to be what we call “judgment proof” anyway, so their liability to anyone else for the injuries caused by their behavior is theoretical.

  173. @hhsiii

    Ok, yeah, nephew of Douglas Dayton, co “founder” and first president of the Target subsidiary.

    He started Target in 1962, the same year Walton founded Walmart and Kresge K-Mart, and for the same reason: to take advantage of burgeoning suburbanization, which their downtown empires were poorly situated for.

    Although I think the founder of the now Target corporation was the founder of Dayton’s.

    Target parted ways with Dayton-Hudson a few years before that election, reducing the embarrassment. There was a weird turn-of-the-century fad in which healthy Minnesota companies acquired bigger-but-weaker competitors and adopted their names. Norwest bought Wells Fargo, and Dayton Hudson bought Marshall Field. Northwest was too sick to buy Delta, but they pretended it was a “merger”.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  174. @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    That’s more or less how I approached discussion with mostly comfortable white suburban women who had to express their heartfelt sorrow over the expiration of George Floyd…

    …or that same prior felon on drugs might do something to your wife or kids much, much worse.

    That only a slight majority of “comfortable suburban white women” vote GOP– if they do; it may be uncomfortable ones putting them over the top– in the face of a blatantly anticivilizational opposition is a huge red flag on the party’s division and messaging.

    Mrs Sailer’s greatest contribution to this site was when Steve brought up affirmative action for women in his usual abstract analytical way, and she quickly brought him back to earth. We have sons, blockhead. Sons!! They are the ones who will be hurt by this. No good can come of this.

    Parents’ positions on many close-to-home issues will not be decided by their sex, but by the sex of their children.

    AWFULs are going to vote awful no matter what. (The U standing for unmarried.) Married women with children are approachable by emphasizing the threat to those children. No good can come.

    Indeed, this is why Glenn Youngkin is governor.

  175. Anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe

    I think it is a trope. On “Breaking Bad” the DEA agent’s materialistic wife — whom the writers obviously enjoyed punching down at — started stealing shoes at one point, perhaps to give her character something to do in the show.

    I am curious whether otherwise-non-crook females enjoy the shoplift itself, or merely the part of acquiring some feminine-birthright emblem, e.g. clothes, without first having to consort with grubby/manly cash instruments. Designer plastic credit cards (except for the various AmEx color tiers) strike me as a primarily girl thing.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  176. ic1000 says:
    @ic1000

    Next up in the Legacy Media Hall of Fame, the Washington Post publishes a “he meant well and, in fact, he did many good deeds” Explainer on SBF:


    How does Democracy Die, I forget.

    • Replies: @Zoos
    , @Hypnotoad666
  177. Anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:

    Just to reiterate, “shrink” is not only shoplifting—didn’t see if anyone mentioned that. It includes all the forms of merchandise spoilage from leaving a box of avocados under the HVAC to some AA yutz incorrectly hooking up the trailer during a delivery and breaking most of it. Not sure why it is that modern American management deems these categorically equivalent to opportunist organized or disorganized theft, but they do.

  178. @J.Ross

    That’s how it worked in the Soviet Union, 30 years ago. If you walk into a supermarket or a coffee shop in modern Russia it works just like anywhere else.

  179. @Graveldips

    From what demographic do the organizers of these rings come?

    Obviously everything you know about crime, you learned from Charles Bronson movies, where for PC reasons multi-ethnic youth gangs were the rule. Or blaxploitation productions, where Mr Big was some white guy keeping the brothers down.

  180. guest007 says:

    Steve,

    I hope that you are working on a long article if Hakeem Jeffries replaces Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic party leader in the House. You argued that the Republicans should define the Democratic Party as the party of blacks. In places like Georgia and Florida that seems to have worked. Now it looks like it will happen at the national level.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  181. @J.Ross

    Great point. Conspicuous consumption for corporations. Purposely raising the barrier to entry.

  182. Dmon says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    When I was in Little League, one of my teammates made that exact mistake. This being the 1960’s, his parents chose to rush him to the doctor, not the lawyer (in those days, you could actually run into your family doctor’s office with an emergency and receive treatment). Nowadays, alot of parents would no doubt make a quick calculation of his future earning potential, weigh it against half of the likely payoff and make the opposite decision.

  183. Dmon says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Could it have anything to do with their club treasurer Mr. Xi delivering a warning via messenger boy Castreau that they better dial down the WWIII stuff or he’ll take out another one of their Ponzi artists?

    • Agree: Cool Daddy Jimbo
    • Replies: @Cool Daddy Jimbo
  184. Jay Fink says:
    @Anon

    Shoplifting seems more brazen now but it’s definitely not new. I remember in the 70s shopping with my mom at a store called Treasure Island (a Walmart/Target type store owned by JC Penney) and they plastered tons of signs throughout the store that said “No ands ifs or buts, Shoplifting is a crime”.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  185. @usNthem

    Can they get a refund on their BLM money?
    I don’t get Target. Its so Scandinavian. The stores are fantastic. But the leaders seem to be prone to idiocy. Remember the big credit breach that hit Target some years back? That was enough to drive out the pinhead CEO.
    This is the same dumb prick that tried to expand to Canada by buying a bunch of Canuck stores. But they seemed to have forgotten about how to supply the stores. Own goal.

    The other day,Whole Foods closed their store in my old stomping grounds,Englewood,Chicago. They got a lot of flack,but they were resolute.
    ” We out dis bitch!”
    Time for Target to have a conversation?

  186. @Studley

    but you can’t just shoot down by accident passenger airplanes.

    It’s easy if you mistake them for military transports.

    The previous month “a Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 military transport was shot down on approach to Luhansk International Airport,” and three days before in the region an An-26 flying at 21K feet, that’s believed to be way beyond the capabilities of MANPADs. The Ukraine really should have shut down that airspace to civil aviation, but they were getting transit fees….

  187. @Joe Stalin

    Inquiring minds want to know, Does it collect on the anode or the cathode?
    I’m asking for a friend.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  188. tyrone says:
    @B. Army

    Right, the scenario in that picture happens like NEVER point NEVER times.

  189. Zoos says:
    @ic1000

    I see…

    So, in Washington Post’s World, if I knock down a little old lady, steal her purse, cash her social security check, then throw a couple of hundred from the check to a Good Will Santa in front of Walmart…

    I’m a good person. 😇

    Extra Credit: The collapse of my currency could potentially manifest a world “black swan event” that could cripple the world economy for years, millions of people starve in poor countries, BUT… Biden gets re-elected! 😇

  190. @petit bourgeois

    This is the clown world in which we live. I could be stabbing you in the chest three feet away from a cop, and they don’t have a duty to do anything, because some tyrants in black robes say so.

    The deputy that did nothing at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas HS in Florida when that Cruz kid murdered 17 is being charged criminally. Is there a different set of circumstances?

    • Replies: @petit bourgeois
  191. @Kylie

    That thievery explains the need for the entertainment shitlibs inserting black women into every Victorean era piece.

  192. hhsiii says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Technically, and I haven’t looked at the merger docs, Target Corporation is the name of what was formerly Dayton Hudson Corp. Target was a division, got so big it absorbed Dayton and Hudson, bought Marshall Field, renamed Dayton stores Marshall Field, sold Marshall Field to Macy’s (which had a good report today; high end doing better). And the parent corporation, Dayton Hudson Corp., was renamed Target Corp. Their own company profile says Target Corporation was founded in 1902 (but was called Dayton).

    And at some point the Daytons became Farmer Labor. I know an old bank lawyer, in his ’90s by now, former Milbank Tweed partner in NYC. Came from Minnesota. Yup, Farmer Labor.

  193. @Dmon

    Alvarez is expected to maintain possession of the world record for Longest Job Title.

    Dunno about that I recall being impressed by Idi Amin’s.

    • Replies: @Dmon
  194. @Alden

    How do you keep the critters away from long stored food?

    5 gallon buckets with sealing gaskets and mylar liners.

    • Replies: @Alden
  195. Zoos says:
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    The upside is that you can see a nice real time video of a giraffe anywhere in the world that there is a camera, The downside is that the same technology made your fellow Americans into fat, lazy, status-obsessed, irreligious, celebrity-obsessed slobs who can’t properly govern themselves and don’t care to reproduce more Americans while they are being replaced by third world foreigners at an accelerating pace.

    Funny, I don’t talk to 20-somethings much, so it’s always interesting to me when I do. I feel like a guy who has come back from the future to warn them of what’s coming, and they never believe me.

    So this 28 year old gal, who lives with her white collar boyfriend/husband said, “we’ve decided we’re never going to have kids. I was a nanny for rich people’s kids throughout my late teens and twenties, and I’ve seen too much. Most of their kids were some kind of horrible. Then the parents would post pics and stories about their kids on Facebook that always left out that their kid was a kleptomaniac, pervert, or some kind of sociopath. I don’t need to wade into that hell. My life is happy and relaxed now. I want to keep it that way. Imagine you spend all this money and time on your kid, and she signs up to be a model on Only Fans when she hits 18. I’m not going through it.”

    I said, “well, just remember to be rich by your 60’s, and chances are the plan will work out for you.”

    She didn’t get it.

    I said, “by 2052, both your parents will be dead. You’ll have relatively very little social agency because a surprising number of your BFF’s will be dead for one reason or another. Same with your cousins, nephews and nieces 10 years around your age bracket. And in your sixties, it’s harder to generate your BFF pool from scratch. You’ll be too old to make them. You don’t have time. Your far younger extended family members will think of you more as an accessory at family gatherings. You’ll no longer be a mover/shaker within that unit, unless you have money. And even then, some will be too stupid to defer to you at all. White trash life is mostly genetically prescribed.

    And god forbid your boyfriend dies by the time you hit 60. Finding a replacement is near impossible for women. So… make sure you’re well off by then. You really want around $4 million in assets and/or liquidity by then. Acquire income producing rental properties. Buy stocks that give out dividends, even if it’s 10 shares at a time. Buy in now. Don’t waste time.

    Then, by 60, all you need is a property manager, a long-time, loyal, trustworthy accountant who is younger than you, a dog that’s not a dachshund–get one of those Ann Coulter certified beagles–and you’ll more likely beat the game of being happy, functional and even prosperous without having stupid scary kids silently sucking the life force out of you in every way, while you desperately lie about them on your social media.

    The other option is… managed state care without having your grown kids acting as your advocate. It’s a blanket term for “living hell.” That’s why if you don’t have kids, you better have money.

    Btw, her response was, “huh…”

    They don’t know what they’re in for, and they don’t wanna know.

    I don’t care either. She’s not my kid! Not my worry!!

    • Agree: Sam Hildebrand
    • Replies: @Alden
  196. @ic1000

    The oldest trick in the grifter book: do some ostentatious charity work and spread money around to generally make friends and influence people. Al Capone ran soup kitchens during the Great Depression. Epstein has some do-gooder foundation. And the Clinton Foundation . . . .

    People who pretend to make money and give it away at the same time are inherently suspicious.

  197. @HammerJack

    Now America owes the Affordable Care Act to the fact that Michelle magnanimously declined to braid her hair

    The deal was done when Barry was a mere senator and Big Mike’s no-show job salary just about tripled to $320k.

    The University of Chicago Medical center hired her in 2002 to run “programs for community relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity and minority contracting”.

    In 2005 the hospital raised her salary from $120,000 to $317,000 – nearly twice what her husband made as a Senator.

    Oh did we mention that her husband had just become a US Senator? He sure had. Requested a $1 million earmark for the UC Medical Center, in fact. Way to network Michelle!

    But now that Mrs. Obama has resigned, the hospital says her position will remain unfilled. How can that be, if the work she did was vital enough to be worth $317,000?

    https://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/michelle-obamas-salary/

  198. @Peter Johnson

    I see what you did there: conflating what they want with what they need.

    I see we’ll have to keep an eye on you.

  199. SafeNow says:
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    Superb comment Alec, it has intertwined…the Smartphone in the pocket is an easy opportunity to go astray. But for millennia there have been opportunities and temptations to go astray. People and society found the inner resources needed to resist. True, the temptation of being in the pocket is awfully close, and that is something new. By the same token, for a few decades I have lived very close to the Asian massage parlor capital the United States, and that’s not as close as the pocket, but it’s pretty darn close, and although it beckons, I just drive by. Well, got to go and check on my giraffe family. Glad you’re here.

  200. Alden says:
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    Where do you guys live that you know these black criminal loving women??? I live half the year in a Bay Area suburb other half in one of the Whitest parts of Los Angeles. Only one woman I know was pro Floyd. And she hasn’t spoken to me since she was actually weeping on the phone about him. And I’m so glad I haven’t heard from her since.

    Of course I rely on personal observations.i saw No BLM signs in the Bay Area suburbs. Lots of anger about the looting going on in San Francisco close to the financial district. Where neighbors worked. In Los Angeles anger with the alleged UCLA students who blocked streets and freeway on and off ramps every afternoon. Making long commutes even longer.

    LA had curfews. Lots of hospital worker tenants. Furious they risked getting arrested at 10 or 11 at night getting off work. While rioters could rampage at will . Anarchy tyranny

    Tenants in one building requested covering the big front windows with plywood. Maintenance crew did it the next day after I called. Smart guys. They bought a big stock of plywood and special screws when the riots started. Home Depot must have made a lot of money from all that plywood.

    It’s not that I don’t believe the men of UNZ. But some of you are like CNN and the New York Times. Your comments are completely different from what I observe. I think once the plywood went up Los Angeles people stopped sympathizing with Floyd. If they ever did. One nice thing about a city of immigrants. No insane love for black criminals Or any blacks.

  201. @J.Ross

    You’ve used the $107 B as a profit number a couple of times.

    The most profitable Co’s are
    Apple
    Net Income (TTM): $58.4 billion
    Revenue (TTM): $273.9 billion
    Market Cap: $2.1 trillion
    So 21% net

    and
    Microsoft
    Net Income (TTM): $44.3 billion
    Revenue (TTM): $143.0 billion
    Market Cap: $1.6 trillion
    So 30% net.

    Target is about 6% net

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  202. Tony says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    So did you get her number?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  203. Brutusale says:
    @Alden

    My best friend is the manager of a big box liquor store. I’ve heard it all.

    The Indians store owners are big resellers. Total Wine sells some brands that are exclusive to their stores, but you can walk into a lot of desi-owned stores and find those brands. The state’s liquor commissioners seem to have no interest. Indians love their Johnnie Walker Black almost as much as blacks and Hennessy.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  204. Brutusale says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I just saw that Pence’s polling numbers for a potential presidential run in 2024 went from 10% to 5% since March. PD’s favorite Fed Can’t be happy!

    OT, climate change has a new spokesmodel! They offended the Scandinavian ‘sperg by not making her queen of the universe and she stayed home, so she’s been replaced with something a bit more palatable.

    Old & Busted:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FhybYhlaEAAI_6t?format=jpg&name=360×360

    New & Hot:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FhybYhcaEAAy-Uq?format=jpg&name=small

    • Thanks: BosTex
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  205. @SafeNow

    By the same token, for a few decades I have lived very close to the Asian massage parlor capital the United States, and that’s not as close as the pocket, but it’s pretty darn close, and although it beckons, I just drive by. Well, got to go and check on my giraffe family. Glad you’re here.

    Once is philosophy, twice is perversion . . .

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  206. @Steve Sailer

    I think it’s not unknown for middle aged matrons, pillars of their family, to start shoplifting.

    A well-off woman in my hometown was a kleptomaniac. Her husband had an understanding with merchants that if they just let him know what she took, he’d pay for it. They all went along, and it was hushed up.

    But then some young manager, perhaps new to town, refused to play ball, and was going to press charges. Don’t know if he ever did; she took her own life.

  207. @Brutusale

    They offended the Scandinavian ‘sperg…

    Speaking of Scandinavian ‘spergs, whatever happened to Soph? She was entertaining.

  208. Alden says:
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    You’re such a liar. Stop. You never had a discussion about George Floyd with any women. Just another man of UNZ hunched over his computer. At least you’re not perving about middle school girls. Start a blog. menofunzhatewomen.org

  209. Gene Su says:
    @International Jew

    The most concerning aspect of it is what it says about the general breakdown of social order.

    I regularly visit NYC. About one year ago, I saw a black man crawl on his knees into a 7-11 store. He grabbed some toiletries off the bottom shelf, casually crawled out of the store, placed them in his car (I think he had an accomplice), and then brazenly crawled back into the store to repeat. What impressed me most was that there was a couple of police officers about a block away, but this shoplifter bravely looted the store in full view of them.

    I must admit that I was too cowardly to try to stop him on my own so as I walked away, I walked past once of the police officers. I told her (it was a white woman) what that man was doing but she just shrugged her shoulders and walked away.

    P.S. Before we solely blame this phenomenon on blacks, I need to relay another incident. My dad was at the local Aldi doing some grocery shopping when he saw 2 Hispanic women grab some food off the shelf and run out into the parking lot.
    The country in descending into Sodom and Gomorrah. We will pay the piper’s bill sooner or later.

  210. Imagine how they deal with lightfingers at Wonsan Department Store. On days they have anything in stock.

  211. bluto says:
    @International Jew

    It’s not much of their revenue but they are a discount retailer their revenue is huge compared with the rest of their financials. It’s about 3% of last year’s gross profit and about 8% of their operating profit.

  212. @Goatweed

    In leftist-captured cities, at some point the nature of retail will need to change.
    .
    No longer will customers be allowed to browse the aisles.
    There will be a window, you tell the clerk what you want, some back-room guy gets the products, and brings it back to the window and you pay for it.
    .
    This country is so f’ed up that it doesn’t even punish criminals. Businesses need to adjust to the new reality.

  213. @William Badwhite

    Apples and oranges. The Town of Castle Rock case was a civil case for money. Scott Peterson is being criminally prosecuted. He has not had his day in court.

    He’s being charged with child neglect, endangerment, and perjury. Not exactly the same thing as being charged for not doing your job as a cop. These are prosecutorial legal theories which may or may not stick. We’ll see. Cowardice does not exactly rise to the level of bad faith, malice, recklessness or deliberate indifference.

    To be fair, the only cops I’ve seen that are not cowards are ex-military, who have a “shoot first, sort it out later” mentality. They actually view civilians as the enemy in wartime. They apply battlefield tactics they learned overseas towards civilians, and they cannot shake that type of training.

    Like this guy:

    https://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/news/controversial-fatal-shooting-of-fontana-man-by-officer-was-justified-d-a-s-office-says/article_d2ef54b0-2467-11e7-887b-c3414f7eabfa.html

    That was an execution by a cop who is ex-military with a few tours of duty under his belt.

    Don’t get me wrong. “Defund the police” is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. They just need to weed out the bad apples.

    • Thanks: William Badwhite
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  214. Why can’t they install remote control locks on the exit doors and give every employee a remote clicker that locks the doors if they see a thief leaving with a pile of loot? That couldn’t cost more than $10K a store. If the average store is losing $865/day to shoplifting, that’s $315K a store. Doesn’t take an MBA to see the opportunity there.

    The theft is so glaring and so tolerated you kind of wonder whether there’s some way the stores are secretly benefiting from it.

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  215. Jack D says:
    @Graveldips

    After a yearlong undercover investigation, police executed search warrants in Chicago, Cicero, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook and California on Oct. 6, recovering 276,000 retail products valued at $7.5 million and evidence of a “sophisticated criminal enterprise,” police said.

    They included allergy medicine, beauty products and personal healthcare items…

    Eight suspects were arrested and face felony charges: Michael Beals, 41; Hani Hamad, 51; Iaad Hamad, 48; Fe Keisha Hamlin, 41; Markell Spencer, 35; Dylan Bryant, 28; Donald Kimball, 27; Brett Pendleton, 26.

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/retail-theft-ring-worth-7-5-million-busted-by-federal-officials/2965918/

    https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/wilmette-police-8-individuals-arrested-for-reselling-stolen-retail-products

    A multi-ethnic enterprise. I count 2 Arabs, 3 whites and 3 blacks. Judging by the bail amounts, the Arabs were the masterminds.

    Some of these people, if they would apply the same energy to legitimate business that they apply to crime, could be quite successful.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  216. @Brutusale

    I can see how you walk out with a pack of gum, but how do you walk out with a bottle of booze?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  217. @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    Where is the Asian massage parlor capital of the United States?

    Asking for a friend.

    • LOL: SafeNow
    • Replies: @J.Ross
  218. @Faraday's Bobcat

    Fire Marshall won’t allow it and false imprisonment laws.

  219. @Jay Fink

    Yes, I used to see signs at stores that read “We Prosecute Shoplifters.” No more. I remember seeing a shoplifter at a large clothing store sitting shamefaced on a bench at the front of the store between two large employees who had chased him, caught him, and brought him back to the store to await the police. That was probably 30 years ago.

    Recently I was about to enter a Home Depot when a guy ran out carrying a power tool in a box, with an employee close on his heels. Five minutes later, I saw the employee speaking to a few of his colleagues–he hadn’t caught the guy. I wondered how hard he’d tried. What was in it for him? What if the thief punched him in the face or stuck a knife in him? Would Home Depot pay his bills for him? Or what if he injured the thief and was sued, would Home Depot take care of that? I doubt it.

    After this incident I had had a momentary regret that I hadn’t thought to stick out my foot and trip the thief, who ran right past me. On further reflection, I’m glad I didn’t.

    • Replies: @Alden
  220. @Bill Jones

    Inquiring minds want to know, Does it collect on the anode or the cathode?
    I’m asking for a friend.

    Be careful!

    http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/ncl3/ncl3h.htm

    Look at this YT video for your answer.

    https://patents.google.com/patent/US2209681A/en

  221. Alden says:
    @Zoos

    Another tale from the warped imagination of a man of UNZ who lives in his own world. You don’t even know if the man she lives with is boyfriend or husband. Because you didn’t notice if she wore a wedding ring or not. Yet she confided her intimate thoughts about having children to you. A perv who doesn’t even know if she’s married or not.

    And when she said she doesn’t like kids you tried to persuade her to have kids to take care of her in her old age. Well, I suppose it’s better than accosting some random woman with your weenie.

    Can’t you find or create a blog where creeps and pervs like you can wank away while discussing fertility porn?

  222. @Tony

    I’m married, Tony, but more importantly (wait, less importantly?), she was not one of the hotties of which I spoke. They are doing the shopping – never seen a hot cashier there.

  223. J.Ross says:
    @Bill Jones

    Thanks for strengthening my point. That’s actually much worse.

  224. Alden says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    At Home Depot’s Lowe’s hardware stores the thieves just load up shopping carts and walk right out past the cashiers.

    Workmen’s Compensation insurance companies won’t cover a company unless it has a policy that clerks are under orders not to interfere with shoplifting. It’s part of safety and health regulations

    The Wcom insurance companies don’t want to pay for medical care for injured employees. The employers don’t want their Wcom insurance premiums raised.

    That’s why employees are told not to interfere with shoplifters.

    And yes, Wcom includes anyone injured by criminals customers or other employees while on the job. Whatever whoever or wherever if it’s while on the job, it’s a Wcom injury.

    And if it’s a Wcom injury the employees regular medical insurance won’t cover it. It’s in every medical insurance policy.

    • Replies: @bomag
  225. J.Ross says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    I assume they’re actually evenly distributed and whatever is the most populous city is also the most massaged; this article is the only serious result I got from a Bing search, and is a reaction to that idiot who hated women but was immediately defamed as hating Asians.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2021/04/04/inside-the-45-billion-erotic-massage-parlor-economy/?sh=403d055579a8

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  226. P.T. says:

    InI live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shoplifters steal stuff from the stores and sell it to street vendors who sell it to the public. Such items are sold down the block from where I live. The shoplifters do not call it shoplifting. They call it boosting. Little is done to stop the street vendors.

  227. @Peter Johnson

    It reminds me of years ago when I was at a family gathering and my cousin was talking about the autobody shop he worked in at the time taking in over $2 million over the last week. I asked my cousin if that was before or after expenses and his brother-in-law responded: “He doesn’t understand concepts like net and gross.”

  228. P.T. says:

    In their effort to win black votes Democrats are now working to decriminalize shoplifting.

  229. Anon[320] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden

    There may be the perception that more older women shoplift because:

    — Shoplifting is a persistent trait, so people who do it continue to do it as they get older. You’re more likely to be older when you’re caught. If the odds of getting caught are 1-in-20, then on average your first experience being caught will be your twentieth time (but IANAMathematician).

    — Perps probably get more brazen and less careful as they rack up successful outings, sloppily stealing more high ticket items.

    — Maybe younger women get let off more easily, eliciting more sympathy, calling on their parents, or giving compensatory blowjobs in the back office.

  230. bomag says:
    @Supply and Demand

    A bargain… IF it means no more looting and complaining.

  231. Dmon says:
    @Bill Jones

    Good point. Some of the old Austro-Hungarian nobility had some pretty lengthy handles as well. Maybe “Most Qualifying Nouns in a Job Title”?

  232. Alyosha says:

    Steve did you add Jet Airliner to this post intentionally later on, intentionally at the time of the post, or was it an accidental addition? I kind of feel like I can get the sense of what it means, not certain though.

  233. Wilkey says:

    On a $106 Bn gross $865 Mn is 81 basis points or about an eighth of their net profits walking out the door.

    And businesses take the hit because the lawsuits that would ensue from trying to stop shoplifters are greater than the cost of the shoplifting itself. The federal government has made it so.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  234. Thoughts says:
    @Anonymous

    Why are you paying for groceries then?

    You should have taken your groceries and walked out without paying

  235. Anonymous[135] • Disclaimer says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Do blacks actually want land? I suspect the land would be quickly sold back to its original owners.

    • Agree: tyrone
  236. bomag says:
    @Alden

    So work comp premiums now include $600m in property loss?

    And big cities are telling us it is too expensive to hire law enforcement to handle thefts below circa $900; so criminal gangs systematically harvest merchandise $900 at a time.

    So our society figuratively lays bleeding out on the street because staunching the flow is too risky and too expensive.

  237. bomag says:
    @Anon

    Boomers worked pretty hard to reduce traffic fatalities through better design of cars and roads, and teaching drivers.

    Boomers worked pretty hard to reduce homicides through various public safety programs, medical advances; and law enforcement.

    Boomers worked pretty hard to reduce shoplifting through various means.

    Wakandans and their advocates haven’t instilled the message to the same extent. It’s not the delta between raw numbers, then and now. It is the delta between what we could have and what we got.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  238. @Dmon

    Could it have anything to do with their club treasurer Mr. Xi delivering a warning via messenger boy Castreau that they better dial down the WWIII stuff or he’ll take out another one of their Ponzi artists?

    Gotta hand it to Xi. “Justin, you’re my bitch. And I’m going to show the entire world you’re my bitch, right here on TV.”

  239. Brutusale says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Strollers, knapsacks, purses the size of luggage, hoodies, baggy sweatpants, the list goes on.

    My buddy says that the funniest thing he’s seen from corporate, other than the directive after the Floyd overdose that had him stacking pallets of spring water in front of the doors when they closed for a evening to prevent break-ins, was the HR antiracist module all employees had to take being followed a month later by a loss prevention module where every thief in the module’s videos was black!

  240. Jack D says:
    @Wilkey

    the lawsuits that would ensue from trying to stop shoplifters are greater than the cost of the shoplifting itself.

    It’s not so much the lawsuits (though there would be those too) but one viral video of Target security restraining an “innocent” black shoplifter who is resisting arrest could destroy their whole business. At the very least get that store burned to the ground.

    Look at what happened to Cup Foods:

    https://minnesotareformer.com/2020/08/21/cup-foods-has-a-past-but-does-it-have-a-future/

    Black customers are actually great customers to have when they are not stealing. They are not price sensitive shoppers. If they have the money, they will spend it. Car salesmen jump for joy when a black comes into the dealership. (If she can get past the credit check) they are going to sell her the car for more than list price and they are going to tack on all sorts of bullshit charges for paint treatments and key insurance and whatever and she will go for it as long as she can make the payment, even if she is paying for the next 10 years. My black cleaning lady once bought a used Kia in bad condition for twice what it was worth. I called up the dealership and made them take it back.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  241. @J.Ross

    The ad for the only massage parlor here in my flyover small town stresses that it is a massage parlor ONLY, and does not do “happy endings”.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  242. @Alden

    That set up is raccoon proof as well unless they can cart it off and work on it with power tools.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Colin Wright
  243. @HammerJack

    Daily Mail to the rescue, of course.

    • Thanks: Richard B
  244. @epebble

    You are so much luckier than I am when it comes to devices that words almost fail me. The last stable WinVer I remember was Win7, and Android and I have become mortal enemies. Then there’s the hardware.

  245. Alden says:
    @kaganovitch

    Are the buckets plastic or metal or what? I’m really interested not just being silly. Raccoons can chew through any kind of plastic, wood, composite building siding and fiber glass car and truck bodies.

    I really like coyotes. They wipe out the raccoon population in about 18 months.

  246. Anonymous[200] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    It’s possible these women have always done this, but that male security guards turned a blind eye when they were young/cute…

  247. Anonymous[200] • Disclaimer says:
    @epebble

    Operating systems have become much better. Modern OSes don’t allow badly-written programs to futz up important data.

  248. @Steve Sailer

    ‘Target enjoyed a monster 2021, I imagine because of economic stimulus and lockdowns wrecking mom and pop store competitors…’

    This goes on so much.

    Right now, here in Oregon, Portland et al just imposed Proposition 114, which — although this wasn’t the professed intent — is going to effectively halt all gun sales for months, if not years.

    Well, chains like Cabelas, Sportsmans Warehouse, Coastal Hardware, Bimart all have other lines of merchandise; they’ll survive. The small, literally gun-enthusiast-and-his-wife outlets are going to get wiped out.

    When gun sales start up again, the field will be just be the chains.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  249. @kaganovitch

    ‘That set up is raccoon proof as well unless they can cart it off and work on it with power tools.’

    They probably can. Raccoons are from Satan. Cute, but from Satan.

  250. Corvinus says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The Democratic Party is the party of whites and blacks. The GOP is the party of Trump.

  251. Corvinus says:
    @International Jew

    Indeed. Whites are especially notorious for theft. Although, your group might be the most responsible, or so I’ve been told.

    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2013/04/baby_formula_theft_ring_busted.html

  252. J.Ross says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    [picture of Klaus Kinski screaming, with the words I PROMISE YOU THAT THE ENDING WILL BE EXISTENTIALLY TRAGIC]

  253. Trevor says:

    Nike store closes for the same underlying reason as Target that cannot be named but begins with “B”

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/retail/portland-nike-store-abruptly-closes-brazen-shoplifting-incidents

    Other retailers also close stores because of safety and security issue caysed by the same reason.

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/wawa-closing-some-philadelphia-stores-safety-security-challenges

  254. Corvinus says:
    @petit bourgeois

    You should become a cop, cowboy.

    • Replies: @petit bourgeois
  255. @Colin Wright

    That ‘Greater Idaho’ proposal needs to be pursued, with a vengeance. It may be pointing to A Way Forward.

    Self-determination is a basic aspect of freedom, and either we value these things or we don’t.

    And those who don’t? They should not be empowered to restrict our freedom, just because they want their own curtailed.

  256. A Target spokesperson told Yahoo Finance via email after the call the shrinkage was mostly specifically attributed to “organized retail crime.”

    This is an acknowledgement that “community organizer” is a synonym for “crime boss”?

  257. @Alden

    Golden Malrin Fly Bait. Mennonite sweet corn farmers swear by it.

  258. @Alden

    “And is one of the reasons Minnesota has turned into such a dystopian nightmare. George Floyd Jacob Frey, liberal governor Mark Dayton.”

    Dystopian nightmare? It’s in the top #20 richest states in the Union in terms of GDP per capita, and is in the top #10 best atates in measures like infant mortality, literacy, health care, etc. It’s a “dystopian nightmare” in the way that Denmark and Sweden are dystopian nightmares to people like you, In the sense that these are very rich and advanced countries, but also very liberal. It’s the liberal part of the package that you don’t like.

  259. Midnights says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Deal. We will pay them in Confederate Dollars! I assume they will repatriate back to the sweet bosom of dear old Africa?

  260. @Corvinus

    And you should be a county paid social worker, soy boy.

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