“Corporate wage theft, several studies show, is much more prevalent than all other forms of theft — larceny, robbery, car theft — combined, yet is almost never covered in our media, outside of a handful of legal trade publications.”
“Viral videos and sensationalist headlines about retail theft pander to racist, property-centered notions of crime and are teed up by editors and producers knowing the type of foaming response they will solicit.”
“Dozens of outlets, including The Chronicle, reported on Walgreens closing 17 stores in San Francisco due to shoplifting — and not a single one mentioned that Walgreens announced in August 2019 it planned on closing 200 stores to trim its U.S. footprint.”
“Also left unexamined: if CVS is reportedly suffering from the same shoplifting epidemic as Walgreens, then why hasn’t it shut down any San Francisco stores in either 2020 or 2021?”
“The impact of these journalistic decisions isn’t benign; it drives demand for more police and longer prison sentences.”

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