California Legislation to Ban Retail Employees From Stopping Shoplifters Passed By State Senate

Joel Eisenberg

The controversial legislation will now progress to the State Assembly.
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I write extensively about California politics for NewsBreak. In that spirit, now comes word that controversial legislation to ban retail staff from stopping store shoplifters has been passed by the California Senate and is headed to policy committees in the State Assembly.

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California, 2023

According to a June 5th report from, some analysts believe the measure is effectively an invitation to commit crime.

As excerpted from the report: Senate Bill 553, which was submitted by Senator Dave Cortese, has been passed by the State Senate and will now progress to policy committees in the State Assembly. Cortese hopes the proposed law will prevent workplace violence and protect staff from being forced by their employers to step-in during robberies. But some store bosses are furious about the plans, with the California Retailers Association mocking the move as an open invitation for thieves "to come in and steal."

As opposed to taking matters into their own hands, retail store employees would be encouraged to report the acts directly to the authorities. Surveillance cameras and targeted alarm systems are considered deterrents, though neither has erased the ongoing and statistically-increasing issue in some of our nation’s largest retailers such as Walmart and Target, and in cities such as San Francisco.

The Newsweek report goes on to state: The political wrangling in California comes just weeks after Home Depot security guard Blake Mohs, 26, was shot to death during an attempted robbery in Pleasanton, California.


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, inclusive of legislation progress and official announcements of milestone dates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

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