Shoplifting In California Sky Rockets After New Law Goes Into Effect

San Francisco has a reputation for being one of the worst cities – not only in California, but in America. Homeless is high, fecal matter on the streets is high, crime is high and the city has become a haven for thieves and shoplifters. This is all because of a proposition passed 5 years ago which basically gave people permission to steal if it's under a certain amount.

In fact, people make a living off of stealing these items through organized crime. They will steal something from a store, bring it out and sell it on the black market for a lesser price to earn a quick buck.

Proposition 47 is a referendum that downgrades theft for merchandise and drugs with a value under $950 to a misdemeanor. In the eyes shoplifters, this has all but given them the go-ahead to take what they please under that amount. What makes the situation worse and so easy for people to steal things now is that police won't even respond to these misdemeanor complaints because they need to focus on the more important crimes being committed in the city.

According to Fox News,

Over in the City by the Bay's famous Tenderloin district, Cassie, a 21-year-old mother of two and a former heroin junkie, told Fox News that when times were tough, she too has stolen from stores.

"If my babies need diapers or formula, who is going to get that for me? No one. I have to do it," she said. "They ain't out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it."

Proposition 47 is seen by critics as one of California's biggest blunders. Supported by the state Democratic Party and championed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the referendum was passed by a wide margin in 2014. The idea behind it was to reduce certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to free up resources for cops and prosecutors to focus on violent offenders.

Before too long, California is just going to be a hell-hole full of the worst crime imaginable.