I knew cars and even bikes were a hot commodity in Chico, but socks and underwear?

9 Mar

I think most Chicoans would agree with me – our town is suffering an unbelievable crime wave. Today it really hit me – I went to buy socks at Walmart, and I had to ring a bell for assistance, because socks and underwear are now in glass, locked cases. I had to point to the pack of socks I wanted and then wait for the employee to take out a key and hand me the socks. Maybe I’m the last one to know – I found a lot of articles about it online, dating back about a year.

There’s a good reason that specific Walmart has added security to stockings and underpants: theft.”

But not all Walmart stores are doing it, just those stores that are seeing significant losses due to theft. 

‘Some products are subject to additional security. Those determinations are made on a store-by-store basis,’ Walmart headquarters said in a statement to Bring Me The News. “

So, hmm, Chico a hotbed of sock and underwear thieves, very interesting… uh, I mean, embarrassing. I knew cars and bikes are hot items, but socks and underwear? That’s troubling on a number of levels. First of all, whether it’s a loss, or loss prevention, the additional cost will be added to every pair of socks and skivvies we buy. Second, these people walk out of Walmart and into our neighborhoods, stealing packages off of our porches, parts from our cars, tools, etc. Posts I’ve seen on social media express frustration with Chico PD’s handling of the problem. Store owners as well as residents are left to take matters into their own hands.

So Walmart responds by hiring additional security and locking up everyday items. I’ll guess other stores are doing it too. I’d also guess that the discount stores have a bigger problem with shoplifting because of the reclassification of thefts of less than $950 as misdemeanors. The added employee costs, as well as the specialized equipment, along with the inevitable losses, are tacked onto our purchases.

That’s just another aspect of the inflation we’ve been seeing, in everything. A sales tax increase is just adding insult to injury. Let your district representative know what’s going on in your neck of the Chico woods, and how you feel about paying more for less.

2 Responses to “I knew cars and even bikes were a hot commodity in Chico, but socks and underwear?”

  1. Dave March 9, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

    The criminal caught for the theft of my car will serve only four months. And that is the criminal’s second car theft conviction. For the prior car theft conviction the criminal also received only four months time.

    Serving a total of 8 months for 2 car theft convictions – with sentences like that it’s no surprise there is a crime wave. And out of 384 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the US, the Chico MSA is 20th worth for auto theft.

    The people who designed our criminal “justice” system in this state, write its laws and run it are not idiots. After all, you can’t be an idiot and pass the bar. No, these people are quite bright. And they take tens of billions of dollars from us every year to run it.

    So it’s not lack of smarts or money that explains why we have the system we do. On could conclude that this is what our rulers want for us. They want criminals preying on us. And I believe that conclusion is correct.

    After all, we have a criminal “justice” system that cannot or will not reform criminals and instead of keeping them incarcerated gives them sentences that only encourage them to commit more crimes. That is evil.

  2. Scott Rushing March 9, 2022 at 11:47 pm #

    *Hi Juanita:* *The city council and staff have been very quiet about the use of taxpayer money regarding the three legal cases below, but I could be wrong. * *Best-* *Scott Rushing*

    *-The Chico City Council has petitioned the United States Supreme Court, a Writ of Certiorari, to reverse the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruling in the case of my son killed by Chico PD, my contacts in Chico say this is a first in the city history.*

    *-Donell Thomas v Chico PD and the City of Chico, racial discrimination*

    *-Dave Waddell v. The City of Chico, et al, for suppression of evidence*

    On Wed, Mar 9, 2022 at 2:57 PM Chico Taxpayers Association wrote:

    > Juanita Sumner posted: ” I think most Chicoans would agree with me – our > town is suffering an unbelievable crime wave. Today it really hit me – I > went to buy socks at Walmart, and I had to ring a bell for assistance, > because socks and underwear are now in glass, locked cases. I ” >

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