Friday, December 10, 2021

CONSEQUNCES OF 'BAIL REFORM': Large Retailers Sidestep Solution for Smash-And-Grab Robberies in Order to Pass Questionable New Bill

If it becomes law, the bill would mandate that online platforms who operate marketplaces verify the identities of sellers.

Source: NY Post

Published: December 10, 2021

By: Will Feuer

The chief executives of some of the country’s biggest retailers called on lawmakers this week to help address the massive wave of smash-and-grab crimes that have ravaged stores across the country in recent months.

“As millions of Americans have undoubtedly seen on the news in recent weeks and months, retail establishments of all kinds have seen a significant uptick in organized crime in communities across the nation,” the Retail Industry Leaders Association said in a letter to Congressional leadership.

The CEOs of Best Buy, Target, CVS and Dollar General were among the 20 executives to sign on to the letter, which was sent Thursday to Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell.

The letter urged lawmakers to pass the Integrity, Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) for Consumers Act, which the executives said will make it harder for stolen goods to be sold through online marketplaces, such as that run by Facebook.

“While we constantly invest in people, policies, and innovative technology to deter theft, criminals are capitalizing on the anonymity of the Internet and the failure of certain marketplaces to verify their sellers,” the letter said.

On Nov. 24, Santa Rosa Police Officers responded to the Apple Store in the Santa Rosa Plaza, on a report of a “smash and grab” theft involving four male suspects. - Santa Rosa Police Department

“This trend has made retail businesses a target for increasing theft, hurt legitimate businesses who are forced to compete against unscrupulous sellers, and has greatly increased consumer exposure to unsafe and dangerous counterfeit products.”

The bill would mandate that online platforms that operate marketplaces verify the identities of sellers, if it becomes law.

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