WATCH: Video Shows Los Angeles Is Descending Into Chaos

A new video has gone viral showing looters ransack a Los Angeles convenience store, the latest in a series of seemingly unquestioned robberies in the city.


In the video, it appears dozens of looters toss product in the air and run out the door. Some video the incident, and many are not wearing face coverings to hide their identity.

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The video sparked a lot of response on Twitter.

The incident is the latest in a series of viral videos showing people shoplift with impunity in Los Angeles.”

“Why is shoplifting so rampant?” said Lee Ohanian of the Hoover Institution. “Because state law holds that stealing merchandise worth $950 or less is just a misdemeanor, which means that law enforcement probably won’t bother to investigate, and if they do, prosecutors will let it go. Why won’t store employees do anything about this theft? Because they don’t want to take the risk. I doubt many would, knowing that a Rite Aid employee was murdered recently after trying to stop two thieves. Moreover, a confrontation within the store risks harming not only store staff but also customers, so employees are almost certainly instructed by their managers to do nothing.”

Ohanian said the new policy is an “open invitation” for criminals.

“Because of this law, California is extending an open invitation to anyone to walk in and take,” Ohanian said. “Just like that—since they know that police or prosecutors won’t bother with a misdemeanor complaint and that store personnel won’t stop them.”

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