Thursday, May 26, 2022

Atlanta Kroger Store Called ‘Racist’ for Adding Caged Aisles to Stop Shoplifting: VIDEO REPORT

*Shoplifting is obviously a huge problem for all stores and grocery stores in particular. However, one chain has come up with a controversial solution: caged grocery store aisles.

That solution is in effect at an Atlanta area Kroger store where customers who enter, are confronted with a second set of doors and glass facade inside the store.

This isn’t going over too well with the store’s customers who argue that the glass enclosure is racist and makes them feel like caged animals.

“I think it’s kind of racist you definitely see that here on Old National,” said a mother of three to CBS46 News.

“You won’t see that in Fayetteville or maybe Cobb County anywhere, doubt it,” said the mother.

Others expressed their anger in social media posts featuring photos of the enclosure.

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Here’s more via CBS46 News:

Many took to social media to voice their anger at what they say feels like shopping in a prison just to buy toiletries or laundry detergent.

We asked the City of South Fulton for crime rates at the store but did not get an answer in time for this report. However, shoppers were more than happy to tell us about the amount of theft at the store.

CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy asked customers if they’d heard of theft being an issue at the store.

“Yes I have, I have, yeah, quite a bit,” said a longtime Kroger shopper.

Other shoppers tell CBS46 that many people take things from shelves and use them in the bathroom without paying, but feel a less intimidating approach should be taken.

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Meanwhile, a South Fulton police officer who moonlights at the store said the College Park Kroger doesn’t have more shoplifting incidents than other stores in the area.

In a statement to CBS46, a Kroger spokesperson was direct and didn’t mince words as far as its objective:

“Thank you for reaching out to us. These changes are being implemented to help improve operational efficiencies, provide better inventory management and increase profitability. We take pride in keeping our shelves fully stocked with the items our customers want and need and we believe these changes, which are part of a pilot project, will help us do so.”

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