SOCIETAL ROT, Part 1: Businesses Destroyed by Rampant Crime

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Cully Stimson | The Daily Signal

This is the first of a five-part series.

The iconic Macy’s department store on Union Square in the heart of San Francisco is closing because of rampant theft and the societal rot that have infected the city.  

The massive 400,000-square-foot flagship building, which anchors an entire side of Union Square, has been in business for more than 70 years at this spot, and Macy’s has been in San Francisco for more than 100 years.

Employees at the store told the Daily Mail that thieves take “at least four blazers, 10 wallets, and 20 packs of underwear every day.” Another employee said that thieves routinely steal “men’s Ralph Lauren Polo, women’s North Face, and Levi’s clothing.” 

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With dozens of store closures in and around Union Square, and the dangerous conditions caused by open-air drug use and mentally ill people living on the streets, fewer and fewer people come downtown to shop. 

See the Daily Mail’s map of store closures.

The closures are caused in large part because of lax enforcement of petty-theft laws by rogue prosecutors George Gascon and Chesa Boudin, who served as district attorneys in San Francisco from 2011 to 2022.

Read more about their rogue pro-criminal, anti-victim policies here, here, and here. For a deeper dive, read our book, “Rogue Prosecutors: How Radical Soros Lawyers Are Destroying America’s Cities.”

Tomorrow: The iconic In-N-Out burger chain forced to close a fast-food joint.


Charles “Cully” Stimson is the deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, the manager of the National Security Law Program, a senior legal fellow, and a senior advisor to the president at The Heritage Foundation. Read his research.

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