Ocasio-Cortez Criticized Over Comments on Retail Theft

Ocasio-Cortez Criticized Over Comments on Retail Theft

(RepublicanPress.org) – Organized shoplifting mobs have captured headlines the last several weeks. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently downplayed the spate of smash-and-grab retail store thefts during an interview posted by The Washington Times on December 1. As one might expect, retailers quickly spoke out against her claim.

According to AOC, many of the allegations of organized retail theft weren’t “panning out.” Citing Walgreens, she said current crime data doesn’t support those claims.

However, Walgreens disputed AOC’s remarks. The retailer told reporters smash-and-grab thefts reached the point that the company had to increase security costs at affected stores to 46 times that of its usual national average. Additionally, Walgreens is facing competition from the online sales of its stolen products.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association also called out Ocasio-Cortez for her remarks. In an email, Senior Executive Communications Vice President Jason Brewer told The Washington Times “[AOC] has no idea what she is talking about.” According to him, video evidence accumulated in recent weeks and industry data show organized theft is a “growing problem in need of solutions.”

Brewer concluded his remarks by saying that AOC should just come out and say she isn’t concerned with increasingly violent attacks on retail workers if that’s what she thinks.

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