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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Drugstore employees subject to violent assaults as criminals become more brazen

Progressive-run Seattle has serious problems with 1) homeless criminals, 2) drug addicts, 3) the mentally ill, 4) prostitutes 5) police response time and 6) a county prosecutor who is more interested in social justice than having people doing time for their crimes. You can find one of my many, many, many posts on Seattle’s issues if you search “Seattle” in our search bar. For a brief summary of what is happening in that city, watch “Seattle is Dying.”

The video summarizes how the bureaucrats have put their progressive social justice agenda above any concrete actions to effectively deal with their problems.

The city’s problems are so severe that drugstore employees are routinely harassed and physically beaten at the downtown Seattle Bartell drugstore. Imagine fearing for your life by working as a cashier in downtown Seattle.

Hanna Kim for Q13 Fox reports that Bartell Drugs CEO Kathi Lentzsch says it will not open any more stores in downtown Seattle after violent assaults on employees. The CEO has been surprised over the number of incidents and the violence she is seeing in Seattle.

Excerpts from Kim’s report:

“Surveillance videos inside Bartell Drugs have captured countless shoplifting cases. In one incident, video shows a man in one aisle quickly running off with up to $700 worth of skincare products.

Lentzsch says many times the criminals are bold and many of them are repeat offenders. “They will stand in front of our staff with a basket full of products and tell them we know you can’t come after us and walk out the door,” Lentzsch said.

We’ve had too many cases of employees ending up in the hospital or with very serious issues,” Lentzsch said. Multiple employees have been rushed to the hospital because of violent assaults.

Sometimes it’s shoplifting that escalates to assaults or just unprovoked attacks. The situation is concerning enough that the company is rethinking their future in the downtown core of Seattle.

In one case, cameras captured a pharmacist stumbling back with a broken nose. The company says he asked a shoplifter if he could help them pay for the items he had witnessed the suspect stealing. “We have an individual who had two surgeries in December from being assaulted,” Lentzsch said.

Most of the times there is nothing employees can do but just pick up the pieces, like the time a man lashed out and trashed the store. He appeared to be going through a psychotic episode.

The company says they have off duty police officers at two of their downtown Seattle branches.

In one of those branches a woman tried to come after an employee despite a police officer standing in front of the worker. It took multiple officers to subdue the woman. “Where we would like help is the violent offenders, it was startling to me how different the city had become,” Lentzsch said.

Lentzsch says for things to get better, city leaders and community members have to work together.

She doesn’t blame any one entity for the complicated situation. She says mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness all play a role in the uptick in violence.

Lentzsch says this is not a Bartell Drug problem because her competitors are facing the same issue and so are many other businesses across Seattle.”

Read the whole story here.

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Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”

I’d say it’s more of a reflection of the feckless demorat leaders in King County.

From MyNorthwest.com: Homelessness is an issue that’s gripping the state, and of course, most predominately here in Seattle.

Now, a King County judge is sounding the alarm about what he and his fellow coworkers have to deal with on a regular basis. The surrounding homelessness, drug abuse, and assaults are causing many to feel unsafe on their way to the courthouse on 3rd Avenue.

“This is a concern that’s shared by the entire bench. It’s a reflection I think of the location of the courthouse,” Superior Court Judge Sean O’Donnell told KIRO Radio. “We are surrounded by people in crisis and you have conflicts with members of the public who have to access the court for their case, to do their civic duty, or maybe they’re coming here to work.”

“It can be everything from being yelled at, harassed, assaulted, exposed to, spit on. They have to navigate human waste, feces, urination. They have to navigate needles, they have to navigate tents.”

His own Bailiff, Rianne Rubright, experiences it on a regular basis. “This morning, perfect example, I had someone chase me down the street and come up and try to talk to me. It was small talk, it wasn’t harmful or anything, but I don’t think he had pants on,” she said. “It kind of scared me a little bit.”

Judge O’Donnell says it’s a concern not just for staff safety, but also a threat to the criminal justice system, because staffers who have to deal with something like that or worse are shaken by the time they get to work, and could make a mistake.

O’Donnell says it’s an even larger concern with jurors coming to the courthouse experiencing the same.

“I couldn’t think of a worse circumstance, if a juror is being chased over lunch, and then you’re asking them to decide an incredibly important decision when maybe someone’s liberty is at stake, or maybe it’s the fate of a business. It’s a real issue.”

See also:

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”
“Devastated by what Seattle has become.” Homeless squatter ransacks & ruins woman’s apartment & belongings
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Police punish homeless man who threatened business owner with…cheeseburgers
Tough on crime: Seattle threatens property owners who post signs to deter homeless RV parking

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A glimpse into how progressive Seattle politicians treat their constituents

From the video description:

“Seattle City Council Meeting during public comment period. All Council Members paying attention to their phone and not speakers. Speaker rudely treated by Council Member Juerez when he asked if the Members could show proper respect.”

The constituent, Richard Schwartz, had this to say about his experience with the Seattle City Council:

Schwartz made what appeared to be polite attempt to get members of the city council to pay attention, but they simply stared at their phones and ignored him, with councilwoman Debora Juarez speaking merely to remind him of his remaining time and scold him for apparently wasting it.

“When I got up there intending to speak on that, I saw the tops of their heads, and I’ve been to a few of these meetings as well, and that’s the way it always is,” Schwartz said. “I thought this is was another example of what I came to talk about, so maybe I’ll mention it. So I just asked very politely I thought, if they could look up and give me their attention for my two minutes of time.”

“My point was: You set aside 20 minutes out of the week supposedly for public comment, and I just don’t understand why during those 20 minutes you can’t detach from the other things you might be doing — and I understand they have a lot of things they’re doing — and just give citizens their attention for 20 minutes out of the week.”

These councilmembers are rude and it appears they have utter contempt for this constituent. With leadership like this, it’s not a surprise that “Seattle is Dying.”

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What demorats can do to a city: “Seattle is dying”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b53uiRFq4Ds

The title of this post should maybe be, “What demorats CAN’T do to a city.”

When you see the obvious mental health, drug addiction and homeless crises in Seattle/King County, why isn’t ANYTHING achieving ANY type of solution given the MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars being spent? It’s a travesty that should cause elected officials and leaders to be ashamed.

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Seattle has a major homeless crisis and crime is on the rise. I’ve done many, many posts about their issues. See the following examples:

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”
“Devastated by what Seattle has become.” Homeless squatter ransacks & ruins woman’s apartment & belongings
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Areas see 31% increase in crime in 2018

KOMO News did a special called, “Seattle is Dying” which outlines the issues Seattle faces and how they arrived at their current situation. Hint: The city has been run by demorats for a long, long time.

The Seattle bureaucrats cater to the criminals, drug addicts and – of course – the homeless. Seattle Police have their hands tied as they continuously arrest well-known criminals who are typically released from jail in just a couple days.

Seattle citizens are finally getting fed up. But what do you want to bet they keep voting demorat?

The video is long but worth a watch (I played it in the background while doing other things) if you want see how liberalism can ruin a once, beautiful city.

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Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”

I’ve blogged about the homeless crisis in Seattle that is exacerbated by bureaucrats who do not punish the homeless for their criminal activities. See the following examples:

How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
“Devastated by what Seattle has become.” Homeless squatter ransacks & ruins woman’s apartment & belongings
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Police punish homeless man who threatened business owner with…cheeseburgers
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Squatter terrorizes homeowner, gets 30 hours comm. service & court-appointed treatment program
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Prostitutes flooding the streets due to lack of law enforcement

A woman who lives in the Ballard area of Seattle told MyNorthwest.com that she feels “terrified” and “vulnerable” after the latest incident in which someone broke into her garage. One morning she came out of her house with her daughter and noticed her garage doors were open and didn’t know if an intruder was still on her property.

Turns out no one was in the garage yet she is still fearful. That’s because this is not the first time she’s had intruders on her property.

More of the story as reported on MyNorthwest.com:

“The Old Ballard resident had reason to be scared — she said that this is not the first time that criminals have targeted her home. A drug addict tried once tried to break down the French doors to her bedroom. On another occasion, a prostitute came to the door.

She believes the reason for this uptick in crime on her street lies in the city’s decision to demolish three homes surrounding her house. That opens up opportunities for squatters, she said.

“It just seems like, once the city puts up that yellow sign in the yard that says, ‘Hey, here’s a property’ … it’s like advertising for crime,” she said. “And it just seems to work like clockwork.”

The concerned mom said that the streets of Ballard were not always like this — in fact, it is just in the past four years that crime has become so rampant.

“I’m a freelance writer, so I used to camp out at Bauhaus [a coffee shop on Market Street] until midnight and walk home and not think anything of it,” she said. “But boy, a lot has changed in the last four years.”

She wants to be clear that “it’s not all of the homeless people who are doing this — it’s a small percentage, and they’re making our lives miserable.” The Seattle resident would like to see drug addicts and homeless people get the rehab and housing they need, but worries that until this happens, because of city policies, Seattle’s law-abiding residents are the ones who are most at risk.

“What about the families just trying to raise kids in the community?” she said. “Our community is just falling apart because of this.”

Read the whole story here.

Elections have consequences…

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Areas see 31% increase in crime in 2018

It doesn’t take a genius to guess the main culprit for the increase in crime in Seattle. As I’ve noted many times on this blog, the homeless are not held responsible for their criminal activities throughout the city. Read about the many crimes committed by the homeless here.

The Seattle Police are also slow to respond (if they even respond at all) to crimes.

MyNorthwest.com reports that certain areas of Seattle (SoDo and Georgetown) have reported a 31% increase in crime compared to a 1% increase citywide. The crimes include property damage, commercial burglaries, thefts, and motor-vehicle thefts, including 510 cars broken into.

Excerpts from the MyNorthwest.com report:

“According to business owners, the area is developing a sense of lawlessness with garbage piles, graffiti, drug abuse, broken-down RVs, prostitution, and numerous incidents of theft and property damage. It’s impacted the feelings of safety among business owners and customers, as well as those living in RVs, themselves the target of many of the crimes.

“I feel sorry for the people down there who have businesses,” Curley said. “It must be an awful thing to have to deal with that every day.”

In response, police have dedicated a squad from 3 a.m. to noon in the area when most of the crime is occurring, and have dispatched a Community Police Team to perform outreach to those living in RVs.”

Read the whole story here.

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I’m shocked! Study finds that nearly 100 percent of Seattle’s soda tax is passed on to consumers

The Seattle Times reports: Nearly 100 percent of Seattle’s new tax on the distribution of sweetened beverages has been passed on to consumers through higher in-store prices, a new report estimates.

But some taxed beverages have increased in price more than others and some stores have increased their prices more than others, according to the report by University of Washington researchers that City Council members are set to discuss Wednesday.

Sodas have increased in price more than sugar-sweetened juices and bottled coffee drinks, and smaller stores have increased their prices more than supermarkets, the report indicates.

Additionally, some smaller stores have increased their prices even for beverages not subject to the tax, such as diet sodas.

We don’t know why, but they did see something similar in Berkeley,” the California city that adopted a tax before Seattle, said research-team leader Jesse Jones-Smith, an associate professor of health services and epidemiology.

Seattle’s tax of 1.75 cents per fluid ounce, which took effect in January 2018, is charged to distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. But the distributors can pass the tax on to stores and the stores can pass the tax on to consumers.

When the City Council approved the tax in 2017, many proponents said the goal was to decrease consumption of unhealthful beverages by driving up prices, while others supported the policy because they said it would raise money for healthful-eating and education programs.

Foes said the tax would disproportionately hurt people with low incomes. Some store owners and consumers opposed the measure, along with unionized beverage-industry workers.

The city collected nearly $17 million in the first nine months of the tax, surpassing its initial expectations, and officials now are counting on the money to keep rolling in, with substantial annual declines no longer anticipated.

Read the whole story here.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Police punish homeless man who threatened business owner with…cheeseburgers

Another day, another story of a homeless person in Seattle receiving a free pass from the bureaucrats…

Seattle has a homeless crisis that is exasperated by the fact that the bureaucrats do not enforce laws related to loitering, trespassing, public defecation, drug use and prostitution.

Read about the many stories I’ve posted about homeless people in Seattle being allowed to commit criminal activities with no consequences here.

Now another homeless person caught committing criminal activities is being punished with…cheeseburgers!

MyNorthwest.com reports that a business owner called Seattle Police because a homeless man was blocking the doors to his business. The homeless man pulled out pepper spray and pointed it at the business owner in a threatening way.

The business owner called the police and followed the homeless man to keep track of him.

It took Seattle Police 45 minutes to respond.

Police found the homeless man who threatened the business owner in the parking lot of McDonald’s. Seattle Police did not arrest the homeless man. Instead, the business owner watched as one policeman bought the homeless man two cheeseburgers.

According to the business owner, this is not the first time a homeless person has threatened him/his business. An employee of his received a black eye from a homeless person who was trying to break into customer cars and there is also a regular problem of the homeless using drugs and defecating on his property.

Sorry, got no empathy left for those in Seattle. Elections have consequences.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Squatter terrorizes homeowner, gets 30 hours comm. service & court-appointed treatment program

Seattle has a homeless crisis that is exasperated by the fact that the bureaucrats do not enforce laws related to loitering, trespassing, public defecation, drug use and prostitution.

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A homeowner in the Magnolia area of Seattle tried to sell her house this past summer and was stalked by a “squatter” who had mental issues. The squatter claimed the house was his, trespassed on her property and tried to introduce himself as the new homeowner.

The homeowner called into the Dori Monson show to share her story. As reported by MyNorthwest.com:

“Soon after Lisa (name changed) put her Magnolia home on the market in late July, she said that a strange man began intruding on her property and in her home, acting like he lived there; setting up tents on her property, sometimes with another man; taking photos of her yard and neighbor’s yards and putting them on social media; introducing himself to neighbors as the new buyer of the house; and attempting to get into their homes by pretending to be an exterminator.

“We didn’t know what this guy was capable of for a long time, and so we were being as vigilant as we could … You don’t know what type of person you’re dealing with,” she said.

Lisa, who has since sold the house, had said at the time that despite living in terror for a week, police did not go after the Magnolia squatter in a timely fashion; it was not until after her story had been featured on the Dori Monson Show multiple times that police finally gave her a response she felt was appropriate to the situation.

“It took going on the show to get any response,” she said.

That said, she remains very grateful for the diligence and attention shown to her case after that by a Seattle Police Department task force.

“They came by the property every single day … I was really pleased with the response that we ended up getting after the show, so a shoutout to SPD,” she said.

While this was going on, Lisa figured out the man’s address and workplace through some sleuthing of her own. She gave this information to police, who initially said that they could not do anything because he lived out of their jurisdiction, but later were able to go to the man’s house and arrest him.

However, the Magnolia squatter spent just “24 hours and 10 minutes” in jail, according to Lisa. She pressed charges — which resulted in a grand total of a protection order, a $25 bail charge, and 30 hours of community service for the man.

“Only 30 hours of community service, Dori, for all that we endured — 30 hours of community service,” Lisa said.

In court, the man revealed to the judge that he has ADA-recognized bipolar disorder and was in a manic episode at the time of the squatting and stalking. “I empathize with people who are going through difficulties like that,” Lisa said, but “it doesn’t make it okay to terrorize a neighborhood and put everybody through what he did. There have to be consequences, regardless of what’s going on.”

Luckily, the judge did order the man to obtain mental health treatment, which Lisa sincerely hopes will aid him. While she is disappointed that he did not serve a greater sentence for all of the fear and emotional turmoil he caused her, she no longer worries about the effect that this man will have on her life.

“I do think that this person was really sick, and that breaks my heart, but they’re getting away with too much still, and we have to constantly think about our safety in this city … I hope that he’s getting the help that he needs,” she said.”


I’d bet the odds are pretty high that this squatter isn’t going to attend court-mandated mental health treatment program. And that the odds are pretty high will keep hearing about criminal activities in Seattle going unchecked.

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Nightmare in Seattle: Musician beat up by homeless person with baseball bat, left unable to speak

I read about a musician being beaten up by someone with a baseball bat last week in downtown Seattle by a homeless encampment. I wondered if the perp might have been a homeless person. I was right.

Ever since Seattle declared a homeless crisis three years ago, the situation has only gotten worse. And the local politicians had better start doing SOMETHING or more people are going to be hurt and more businesses are going to be destroyed.

From MyNorthwest.com: The 15-year-long owner of South Lake Union’s El Corazon, the nightclub that a musician was leaving last week when he nearly lost his life to a random baseball bat attack by a homeless person, says that the city has allowed the neighborhood to turn into a living nightmare for businesses.

“There are a lot of good, taxpaying small business owners who are trying to do good things, and face a lot of challenges to begin with, but our city in a lot of ways is failing us, and not really providing us the support that we need,” he told KIRO Radio’s Dory Monson.

When Sims first began working at the nightclub 17 years ago, he said it “used to be quiet and sort of a destination venue.” In the past five years, however, he said that homeless service organizations in the neighborhood have acted as a magnet for crime and encampments, changing the entire character and safety level of the surrounding streets.

“I’m not saying that, the people who are providing these services, that their heart isn’t in the right place,” Sims said. “But they sometimes don’t understand how much they are enabling these people to continue the lifestyle … They’re really doing something bad for the entire community by just maintaining the whole problem.”

Sims sees emergency lights at the camp for overdoses and internal fights on a daily basis. The encampments, he said, tend to attract “drug-addicted young kids” who choose a life of crime and violence like the baseball bat attack that left El Corazon performer Ryan Georg having to learn how to speak again plague the neighborhood.

“They’re not people who have fallen on hard times,” Sims said of the campers. “They seem to be more like punk rock kids who seem on a mission to be free from the rules of society and just want to do their drugs and cause problems and not be held accountable, in my experience.”

He and other business owners have tried to make their voices heard to the city government, but he said that the harder they pushed, the “more resistance” they found.

I constantly seem to be unheard, hitting a wall, or given a bunch of excuses … Everyone seems to give you lip service that they’re going to address the problem, and then when they realize how big the problem is, within a short period of time, they pass it along to someone else,” he said.

This indifferent attitude makes Sims feel like “a hamster in a wheel.”

“You feel like you’ve heard this all before and you can flowchart how it’s all going to happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, the encampment residents “understand the laws of the city” and are “pretty savvy,” Sims said. After getting notices that they needed to move, the campers simply went across the street and re-started the encampment all over again on state Department of Transportation property, where the city had no jurisdiction.

He wants to see local politicians take responsibility to fix the homelessness crisis so that innocent citizens like Georg and his bandmates will not have to live in fear on a walk to their cars (don’t hold your breath that will happen any time soon).

We should get people in leadership in the city that actually want to address the problem, instead of taking our money, saying they’re going to address the problem, while the problem gets worse,” he said.


And that folks, is why we say “elections have consequences.”

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