Small business owner Marcy Landolfo was forced to permanently close her shop in Portland, Oregon after a string of thefts left the store unable to financially sustain itself.
In a note she posted to front of her store, Rains PDX, Landolfo explained that she hadn’t received any financial reimbursement since the third robbery and due to the “constant … criminal behavior, coupled with escalating safety issues for our employees,” she was forced to close shop for good.
The note read:
“Our city is in peril. Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city’s current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins … we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd.”
Landolfo explained to KATU 2 that the shop “cannot sustain those types of losses and stay in business,” referring to the series of break-ins, which included five in three weeks alone.
According to KATU 2, despite Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office claiming that it was working on a plan to help business owners repair their shops, little to nothing has been done to address crime in the city.
Rains PDX owner stated that the crime is an “everyone” problem and everyone needs to find a way to get the crime under control.
“People want to politicize it. But let’s leave politics out of it,” said Landolfo. “No matter where you sit on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that criminal behavior is criminal behavior and should not be tolerated.”
Many other companies in the city have also come to the same unfortunate decision or are on the way to doing so.
The video report can be seen here: