San Fran's Oldest Toy Store that Inspired 'Toy Story' Closing Thanks to Crime, Inflation

Brittany M. Hughes | February 2, 2024
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San Francisco’s oldest toy store is closing thanks to braindead leftists who’ve allowed crime and inflation to take over their entire city and shove out anything good and decent, including its own people.

Jeffrey’s Toys, which has been in business for 86 years and even served as the inspiration for the iconic Pixar movie “Toy Story,” is shutting its doors next week, citing the “perils and violence of the downtown environment, inflation, the decrease in consumer spending and the demise of retail across the world,” in a letter written to the Washington Post.

The toy store first opened in 1938 as a family-run variety store, but went full-tilt into exclusively selling toys after World War II. In the ‘90s, Matthew Luhn, whose dad owned the store at the time, worked for Pixar and used the shop to inspire the now-famous characters of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, among others.

"We would have my dad come to give us ideas,” Luhn said. “And when we did reference for almost all the ‘Toy Story’ films, we always went to Jeffrey’s Toys.”

But now, thanks to the leftist policies that have let rampant crime run to infinity and beyond, frequent smash-and-grab robberies and violent theft throughout the city center have left Jeffrey’s Toy Store unable to continue operating, especially as customers find themselves with less and less cash to spend on frivolities when they’re too busy trying to keep the lights on at home. Just this past week, a Walgreens in San Francisco literally locked up chewing gum to stave off thefts. A slew of other businesses and companies have abandoned the city entirely, deeming the rise in theft just too risky to stay in business.

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The family said they're "saddened" at having to shut down operations, saying they “explored all other options to try and keep the business going."

Michael Sterling, the owning family's attorney, said that while it would be too little too late to save the toy store, he still urges San Francisco officials to do something about the city's deteriorating downtown area, suggesting they "prosecute crimes that have been plaguing retailers for several years, address the houseless challenge and have more police patrols in the downtown area.”

Actually locking up criminals could be a start. Not, of course, that it matters to this store, the family who owned it for nearly a century, or the locals who loved it.

Then again, it's always the good folks who get screwed by leftist idiocy.