Well, well, well.
Looks like the Windy City, which made headlines again for hoodlum behavior, is losing out on even more business.
This time, retail giant Walmart is shuttering its doors, clearly unwilling to continue hemorrhaging losses while police are precluded from arresting thieves.
How’s that “Defund Police” movement working out for the ultra-left?
Pitiably, efforts truly were made to help Walmart succeed, especially as varied communities certainly need a less expensive grocer in a state that already gouges its residents with astronomical taxes that have a very poor rate of return on their so-called “investment.”
In 2021, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon indicated the retailer’s desire to serve the Chicago area and help its residents, in spite of the city’s pro-BLM policies.
“Chicago will be an example of what’s possible when we leverage business, government and community organizations for the good of all,” McMillon intoned.
Alas, the criminals got the best of McMillon’s intentions, and the CEO, who began working in Walmart in 1984 in a minimum wage job, announced that Walmart would be shuttering four different Chicago locations, including Neighborhood markets for less expensive groceries.
“The simplest explanation is that collectively our Chicago stores have not been profitable since we opened the first one nearly 17 years ago … These stores lose tens of millions of dollars a year, and their annual losses nearly doubled in just the last five years,” Walmart coolly remarked in an official statement.
Translation: Branches are hemorrhaged from wanton thieves, and losses are mounting because police are unable to perform basic duties anymore.
Of course, residents blamed the business rather than their own criminal-filled communities.
“It’s a trend we’re seeing with the Walmarts, the Whole Foods, the Targets. Everyone gets so excited when they hear they’re coming to the neighborhood, especially they have the fresh foods, the fresh vegetables,” one resident raged, “and then, within a matter of years, the corporation decides their bottom line is more important than the community health. These neighborhoods are struggling … People feel abandoned, right? We need some healthy eating options.”
Well, business also “need” to operate in communities that are reasonably safe and not riddled with gunfire, not to mention the fact businesses also need to make the so-called “bottom line” to even function.
Speaking of “bottom line,” the residents also missed the fact that, nationwide, several businesses are shuttering due to an inability to guarantee the safety of its employees, like Whole Foods in San Francisco.
Truly unbelievable, the expectations of some within the country.
What do these insanely entitled residents think businesses are? Charities or government- (i.e., taxpayer-) funded welfare agencies?
Then again, the moronic politicians the same residents vote in apparently have the same attitude after living an elitist lifestyle on the taxpayers’ dime, so it’s little wonder that grotesque entitlement swirls around Chicago more aggressively than wintry winds, leaving far more lasting damage to boot.
Just consider the ridiculous statement from former Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who achieved nothing aside from an exponential rise in crime and open racism against reporters during her time in politics.
“Unceremoniously abandoning these neighborhoods will create barriers to basic needs for thousands of residents. I call on Walmart to ensure that these soon-to-be-closed stores are repurposed with significant community engagement so they can find a new use to serve their neighborhoods,” Lightfoot whined.
Cry us a river, Lightfoot.
Maybe if crime had been kept under control, Walmart wouldn’t be leaving.
And whose fault is that?
Speaking of which, Chicago was besieged by criminals yet again just a few days ago when hundreds of teenagers terrorized the city by setting cars on fire and attacking tourists in Millennium Park, which was one of the few nice areas remaining in the city.
As detailed by an eyewitness, “it was a lot of cops here, but they were still outnumbered … There were so many teenagers that showed up.”
Little wonder the adults continue leaving that criminally adrift abyss.
Author: Jane Jones