Welcome to Chicago, where the criminals run rampant, stealing without fear of consequences thanks to a demoralized PD and a state’s attorney that doesn’t prosecute. Thanks to prolific “shrink” by sticky-fingered “customers,” the newly remodeled Walgreens in downtown Chicago – supposedly the “nice” part of town – has the vast majority of merchandise inaccessible to customers. Just two aisles are filled with the basics of the basics where customers can self-serve under the watchful eyes of store staff.
Nothing like being made to feel like a criminal to make you feel welcome, right?
All of the remaining inventory, including sundries such as deodorant, remain in another section of the store where employees will pick your order after you’ve placed your order and paid for everything on a little tablet.
CHICAGO — During an earnings call with Walgreens investors earlier this year, the company’s chief financial officer opined that his fellow executives may have overstated the effects of organized shoplifting rings on its operations.
“Maybe we cried too much last year,” James Kehoe said.
Good luck balancing that cheery, non-crying analysis with what you see when you walk into the company’s freshly redesigned store at 2 East Roosevelt in downtown Chicago.
In what was once a typical Walgreens, there are now just two short aisles of so-called “essentials” where “customers may shop for themselves.” If you want anything else—a bottle of booze, a deodorant deemed “non-essential”—you’ll need to order it at a kiosk and pick it up at the counter
Ain’t city life just grand?