CBS Defends Shoplifting Crime Wave: ‘Act of Desperation,’ ‘Not Getting Rich’

Scott Whitlock | June 16, 2021
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[See NewsBusters for more.]  A shocking crime wave of shoplifting is sweeping the country, but CBS’s Tony Dokoupil on Wednesday excused it as an “act of desperation” because the people doing it are “not getting rich.” The wealthy This Morning host in the past has cheered socialism and ranted about the wealthy leaving “us” with crumbs.  Correspondent Vladimir Duthiers played video of a man on a bicycle inside a Walgreens in San Francisco. Security and customers looked on as he stuffed what appeared to be hair products into a giant trash bag. Dokoupil began his defense by insisting, “So crime is never justified, of course —.” He was interrupted, but you could feel the “but” coming on. Dokoupil spun, “That reads as an act of desperation. You're not getting rich off what you take from a Walgreens. You're getting probably something you need. I don't know the details of that particular case.”