Doug Ford seems to be involved with a lot of LCBO related issues the past year, including extending LCBO store hours. Now, due to a massive amount of theft-related issues throughout the LCBO, the union is calling for a halt on extending alcohol sales into corner stores within the upcoming year. Since then, Ontarians have been commenting on the issue, and they aren’t very happy about it.
According to CP24, for the past four years, the LCBO has been a target of theft more than 9,000 times which has resulted in thousands of dollars of lost revenue. Just in Toronto alone, two people have been arrested who were connected to an organized theft of over $200,000 of liquor products.
OPSEU President, Warren Thomas, states that all of these shoplifting incidents should make the government rethink their alcohol sales in corner stores and grocery stores since it will only make theft easier. He's advising Doug Ford to halt the expansion of alcohol sales in corner stores until this issue can be properly resolved.
Thomas states that, “Nobody should go to work wondering if they might be put in harm’s way over a 15 dollar of Vodka,” and wants to encourage Ford to halt all actions forward on sales of alcohol until the LCBO creates a safer and more reliable security force when it comes to the theft of alcohol products. This halt would be a way to prevent more thefts from happening within different locations outside of the LCBO.
However, many Ontarians do not see the issue in the same light as Warren Thomas, and many are angry about the sudden want to halt the extension of alcohol sales since it is taking away promised income to private and family owned businesses.
Many have taken to Twitter to express their concerns about this theft issue, feeling that the theft incidents are being used by the LCBO as a way to not lose their monopoly on selling alcohol and people are not happy about it.
Many Twitter users have reached out to share their concerns about how these thefts are not related to the extension of alcohol sales and how this income should not be taken away from private businesses to support the union.
dealing with theft is normal for every person who works in a retail job. The union probably is more concerned with losing their monopoly on selling alcohol.— sabbrina (@sabbrina) December 30, 2018
So because the union head’s members cannot stop theft he feels that the province should stop private sales. What does one have to do with the other?— Ontario Man (@ManfromOntario) December 30, 2018
Theft in the stores has nothing to do why the union wants them to put a halt to it . It's Because it's taking away from work from the workers at the LCBO. The less people at work the less money the union makes . It's all about the union making money.— Gina Dow (@GinaDow7) December 30, 2018
Users are also angry over the fact and assumption that just because the LCBO is dealing with thefts that they are now assuming that other stores will have the same issue, without even giving these businesses a chance to prove themselves.
Do I have this right, they can't keep people from stealing their product so one else should be able to sell it?— Arthur Wright (@keele5080) December 30, 2018
One of LCBO’s arguments is that there’s no control if it goes into corner stores, yet they are unable to control the theft in their stores.— Northern Phin (@beermover) December 30, 2018
While some users are confused as to why Doug Ford should even be involved in this issue at all.
you are saying that the union wants ford to stop stealing?? LOL he's a politician— Michelle Corbett (@Mysha_is) December 29, 2018
What does he want ford to do about it ,stand in the liquor store make sure nobody steals anything ? Unions are so useless!— Gina Dow (@GinaDow7) December 29, 2018
Source: City News, CP24