Oakland, CA, will lose its only In-N-Out on March 24, thanks to the rising crime in the city.
Yes, a major California city will not have the iconic California chain. From KTVU:
According to a statement by the franchise, regular car break-ins, property damage, theft, and armed robberies of customers and employees led to their decision to close down the Oakland location.
The last day of business will be on March 24.
Current employees will be able to work at other locations nearby or receive a severance package, officials said.
In-N-Out said “repeated steps” have been taken to minimize crime and maximize safety, but despite their efforts, crime has remained a concern.
“We are grateful for the local community, which has supported us for over 18 years, and we recognize that this closure negatively impacts our Associates and their families. Additionally, this location remains a busy and profitable one for the company, but our top priority must be the safety and wellbeing of our Customers and Associates – we cannot ask them to visit or work in an unsafe environment,” COO Denny Warnick said in a statement.
In November, Leslie wrote about Oakland losing its restaurants.
Home of Chicken and Waffles owner Derreck Johnson finds himself in a constant battle not to lay off employees due to loss of business: “I had a group from Miami get robbed at gunpoint on a Saturday afternoon, all their jewelry taken. That should not be my priority. That should not be my job, to make sure that my customers are safe while they’re walking the streets in Oakland.”
At the time of publication in 2023, Oakland saw 1,282 armed robberies, up 43% from 2022.
Vehicle thefts went up 50%. Home invasions rose 65%.
Oakland citizens want to recall George Soros-backed Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price.
The campaign, Save Alameda For Everyone (SAFE), has 110,000 signatures to submit to the county. It only needs 73,000 valid signatures to land on the ballot.
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