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Downtown San Francisco is about to become a food desert.
Whole Foods announced they are closing their massive downtown location due to crime and safety issues.
It’s just too dangerous to buy organic kumquats in the crime-infested, war-torn streets of San Francisco.
“We are closing our Trinity location only for the time being,” a Whole Foods spokesperson said in a statement. “If we feel we can ensure the safety of our team members in the store, we will evaluate a reopening of our Trinity location.”
The San Francisco Standard was the first to report about the closure – blamed on the dystopian conditions in downtown.
“The beleaguered grocery store on Market Street slashed its operating hours due to “high theft” and hostile visitors in October of last year, according to one of the store’s managers. And in November, the store enforced new bathroom rules after syringes and pipes were found in the restroom,” the newspaper reported.
Supervisor Matt Dorsey told NBC News he was “incredibly disappointed but sadly unsurprised” by the closure.
“It’s the only supermarket I’m aware of in the city where the only basket you can get is a pushcart simply because they were just used for shoplifting,” said Dorsey.
San Francisco, which is controlled by radical progressives, is facing significant backlash and a surge in crime as a result of not completely funding the city’s police force.
“Our neighborhood waited a long time for this supermarket, but we’re also well aware of problems they’ve experienced with drug-related retail theft, adjacent drug markets, and the many safety issues related to them,’ Dorsey said.
Shopper Brian Deangelis said the store also stopped selling hard liquor because it was being stolen in large quantities and drug use in the bathrooms was also a problem,
“Due to drug use you had to show a receipt before using the bathroom. So that was a thing. So there were steps along the way to try to improve the situation,” he said.