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Shoplifting has become so rampant in San Francisco that retailers are closing stores. The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that stores like Walgreens and CVS are closing locations in the city due to “out of control” shoplifting. The outlet spoke to 77-year-old John Susoeff, who used to pick up his prescriptions at a Walgreens two blocks from his home until it closed in March. Now he has to walk six blocks to the next nearest pharmacy. Susoeff sometimes requires a cane to walk, and also picks up prescriptions for his neighbors who have mobility issues. “It’s terrible,” he told the Chronicle, explaining that almost everything in the store was locked up just before it closed. “I don’t blame them for closing.” The increase in shoplifting has caused Walgreens to close 17 locations in San Francisco over the past five years. It still has 53 locations. Jason Cunningham, regional vice president for pharmacy and retail operations in California and Hawaii, told the Chronicle that closing the stores in San Francisco was an “unpopular and difficult decision” but that theft in San Francisco stores was four times the national average.

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