What? It sounds like you're living in a parallel universe, friend. In the United States there are video cameras in all corners of the store. There are magnetic doorways at the entrances to stores which beep if someone "accidentally" takes out merchandise without paying for it. Police in the US don't think twice before tackling possible thieves. There is at least one officer walking around in the Walmart, and another one in the car on the parking lot. If one even attempts to steal an item from the dollar store, one can get many years in jail, just for the action. Casual theft? You must be joking. And since San Francisco is where all the rich people live, no doubt security there is much tighter.I have a feeling the stores are instructed (one way or another) to allow a certain amount of casual theft. We have already seen the brazen shopping without paying (it hardly merits the term "shoplifting", there's nothing discrete about it) in places like San Francisco, so it becomes more normalized for the general population. As prices climb ever higher, more people will be tempted, and there will be a gradual snowball effect. Eventually it will get to the point where stores will be emptied out by people who won't pay for anything, and that will be the go-ahead for the PTB to crack down and entirely regulate food distribution, and hungry normies will welcome it with open arms. In the meantime the supermarkets will probably have assurances and financial coverage for their losses.