The CEO OF Bartells is all up on the internet saying that homelessness was the reason the 3rd ave Down town Seattle location was forced to close. She goes on to say that the employees were frightened and in danger and that the homerless shoplifters madestayoing there impossible]
Im sure there are a variety of reasons the store is closing. For her to notmentinon any other reason b esides homeless people and thats comimng from someone who has spent bery little if any time in that store.
Plus, how do t hey know when someomne shoplifts if the person was homeless? If they get away with it thenn you never see what the y look like so that doesnt make sense.
Secondly, if yoiu guys are only catching homeless people or perceived to be homeless people shoplifting, that only proves that you guys are doing your jobs with a implicit bias toward catching homeless shoplifting. This doesnt prove that you are being mostyly shoplifted from by homeless.
My guess is that empoloyees and security would harass and follow around whoebver they thought looked homeless, meanwhile the entire store is shoved into someone designer purse or Burberry trenchcoat.
Every time I was there I felt bad vibes.
Anyway I think the CEO needs to go on record and apoligize to the homess community and the city as a whole as well. Your lack of specificigy and distinction caused in creased fear and anger and caused irreperable damage to the retail and commercial disrrci downtown.