Canada, where the left claims utopia is spread from crowded hospital to the lines of sick people who cannot get into crowded hospital. But today we’re not going to examine the crappy medical system which is constantly sold to us as the second coming. Nope, there’s a new utopia blooming for Canadians. Why just across the border, a Canadian liquor store chain won’t allow its employees stop people from shoplifting. And guess what? The shoplifters are all over it!
Thieves walk into an LCBO, grab a shopping bag and fill it. Often the bottles are in the $40 to $80 range — Bacardi, Smirnoff, Grey Goose and other popular brands — and they’re swiped daily by the dozens. Shoplifters confidently make their way to the exit, not even approaching the check-out. Within seconds, they’ve made their getaway. And they know LCBO employees can’t do anything to stop them. According to the LCBO’s theft policy, workers shall not attempt to detain or arrest thieves. They’re suppose to alert police or security personnel.
Some employees have even noticed that the lax policy has turned into a larger criminal enterprise, where people are stealing the liquor and selling it on the street because obviously. Capitalism is alive and well amongst thieves. You want to talk about profit margins? Holy crap.
So in Canada, stealing booze is totes fine from this chain. Why? Because laws are hard to enforce? Because safety? Because conflict resolution? The reasons are a little blurry. Here’s what Toronto Sun has said…
“Employees are advised never to physically touch, control, detain, apprehend or arrest any person for the purpose of managing a shop theft situation,” according to the resource protection manual. “Employees must not place themselves or others at risk by leaving the store to pursue an individual in an effort to retrieve stolen product(s).”
Instead, employees are encouraged to provide “engaging customer service” as a way to deter stealing. But if an employee tries to intervene, “failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.”
Okay. In other words, it’s a flipping free for all. No this isn’t as ridiculous as in Italy where a judge has more or less legalized theft. This is more like CVS stores where the company has a ridiculous policy. To prevent danger. Let’s note here that despite policies like this, armed robberies still exist. Because people who break the law are generally crap weasels. They don’t respect weakness, they respect strength.
Which they’re not seeing here.
But this is where we are right now as a society. It’s too much trouble and too much paperwork and too much place social justice complaint here to enforce the law, so we don’t. Then we act surprised while people break the laws we aren’t enforcing in the first place.
Everyone needs boundaries. Laws are meaningless unless they’re enforced. Criminals need to be stopped, or they’re going to get more ballsy. This used to be common sense. But now it’s just… well I’m not even sure anymore.