A security guard pulled out his cell phone when a thief rode a bicycle into a San Francisco Walgreens and filled a large trash bag with merchandise.
The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of Gough and Fell Streets in very liberal San Francisco.
Shoplifting is so routine in stores in San Francisco, California, that employees don't attempt to stop thieves.
The police stopped answering shoplifting calls after a 2014 ballot referendum downgraded property theft of less than $950 to a misdemeanor.
ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez tweeted a video of the shoplifting occurring in full view of a security guard who filmed the incident on his cell phone.
The security guard made a half-hearted attempt to grab the shopping bag stuffed full of goods as the thief cycled by.
Ahsha Safaí, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, said thieves shoplift out of the Walgreens, then sell the goods on the street right around the corner from the store.
"Half of Walgreens was on the sidewalk. I'm not kidding," Safaí said. "I was blown away. I’ve never seen anything like it in this city."
— Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) June 14, 2021