(Law Officer) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a habit of making clueless comments. She is facing backlash after her latest suggestion that the recent wave of smash-and-grab robberies plaguing the country are untrue.
During an interview last week with The Washington Times, Ocasio-Cortez said, “A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.”
“I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up,” she continued.
Following AOC’s ignorant statement, a Walgreens spokesperson told The Washington Times, “Organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company and that the issue “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”
Theft at San Francisco Walgreens locations has spiked the company said. As a result, they have increased security spending in the city to 46 times what’s at the average Walgreens location, according to the Post Millennial.
Moreover, the giant pharmacy retailer has scuttled 22 stores in the city in the past five years due to retail theft. Five new closures were recently announced in October, Law Officer reported.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a trade association representing leading retailers, threw a jab at AOC.
“Respectfully, the Congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about. Both the data and stack of video evidence makes fairly clear that this is a growing problem in need of solutions,” Jason Brewer, RILA senior executive vice president of communications told The Washington Times in an email.
“If she is not concerned with organized theft and increasingly violent attacks on retail employees, she should just say that.”