Yes Cautious Rockers, the Cautious Optimism Correspondent for Economic Affairs and Other Egghead Stuff can now report that San Francisco Walgreens stores are even locking up the chewing gum for safekeeping.
Want a pack of Doublemint? Who wouldn't love the convenience of finding a "customer service button" to press and waiting for an employee with a security key to walk over and unlock it for you? (see photo)
The Economics Correspondent, a resident of San Francisco, normally goes to a Walgreens in his fancy, stuck up limousine liberal neighborhood and previously only saw security barriers for higher dollar items.
This time he visited a Walgreens in the Central Richmond District on Geary Boulevard, by no means a bad part of town but in a higher traffic area, and saw the difference immediately.
He would estimate more than 50% of the store's merchandise is locked up -- toothpaste, deodorant, vitamins, candy bars, cosmetics, you name it. It's a strange and claustrophobic sight to walk down a store aisle where both sides are covered with protective barriers from head to toe. (see photo)
All those security barriers and extra employees constantly running from one floor call to another must also do wonders for operating costs that are always passed on to consumers... a majority of whom voted for this "social justice" outcome.