Cynthia Nixon has been slammed for suggesting CVS should let people steal from stores rather than locking up goods like laundry detergent, claiming ‘desperate people shouldn’t be prosecuted’.
The former actress and failed New York gubernatorial candidate tweeted on Thursday that she had noticed her local CVS in SoHo had ‘started’ locking up ‘basic items like clothing detergent.’
‘As so many families can’t make ends meet right now, I can’t imagine thinking that the way to solve the problem of people stealing basic necessities out of desperation is to prosecute them,’ Nixon tweeted.
She was slammed by people who said the solution was not to invite theft. CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reade have been locking up items for years to deter thieves amid a widespread decriminalization of shoplifting.
Nixon was responding to a tweet which pointed out that several Manhattan DA and Mayoral candidates say they would not prosecute shoplifting because it ‘criminalizes poverty’.
Critics said Cynthia’s tweet pointed to how irregularly she visited the stores, which have been locking things up since long before the pandemic began. Cynthia lives in a different world and tweets like that is virtue signaling.’
CVS has been locking up expensive body wash, deodorants, razors and home items for years but recently it has started locking up toothpaste and goods. This picture taken on Friday in Greenwich Village shows an entire row of toothpaste behind a lock
Nixon in a recent Zoom appearance. She lives in $3.2million apartment in SoHo, one of Manhattan’s most expensive neighborhoods
‘I would love to know when Cynthia Nixon last bought a box of laundry detergent and if she has ever stepped foot inside a CVS.’
Nixon lives in a $3.2million apartment with her wife Christine and their three children.
Before launching her failed campaign to become Governor or New York in 2018, she made her name as Miranda on the HBO series Sex and the City.
She is due to appear in a reboot of the show soon.
Her gubernatorial campaign was highly progressive and included policies like legalizing marijuana and prison reform.
Her comment about CVS on Thursday came as Governor Andrew Cuomo warned of the escalating crime rate in New York City, which has become so high he said New Yorkers no longer feel safe.
Crime in New York City soared by 30 percent this week compared to the same week last year and robberies were 70 percent higher.
Cuomo warned that if it doesn’t settle soon, it’ll hamper New York’s economic recovery from COVID.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson was among those to criticize Nixon’s tweet on Thursday night.
He fumed on his show: ‘You’ve got to wonder what would happen if you showed up at Cynthia Nixon’s place tonight and tried to help yourself to some quote, “basic necessities.”
This is how petit larceny – the category which shoplifting goes under – is on the rise in New York City
‘Would Nixon understand your theft as a profound form of protest?
‘As a profound form of social justice, and applaud it? Or would she tell her bodyguards to shoot you, and then thank them profusely when they did? Not a tough question.
‘You’d be dead in seconds.
‘Cynthia Nixon doesn’t mean a word of what she says about crime. None of them mean a work of what they say about crime. ‘
Cynthia is being paid a reported $10million to appear in a revival of Sex and The City and unconfirmed reports say she made some $25million from her run on the show the first time around, and by appearing in two movies after it ended.
She and her wife live in a $3.2million apartment which they bought in 2012, but have reportedly been eyeing property in Tribeca – another expensive and exclusive Manhattan neighborhood.
Some shampoos and other items are now locked up in CVS. Often, thieves steal them and re-sell them elsewhere
NYC is experiencing a spike in violent crime, thefts and robberies. Workers in stores like CVS encounter shoplifters – often working in teams – daily
A man was slashed in the neck on the subway platform at the Union Square station on Tuesday afternoon. The incident was reported around 4 p.m. on the L train platform
Nixon’s comments come at a time when liberal politicians generally are espousing that petty crimes like shoplifting are a waste of police time and money and shouldn’t be prosecuted.
It’s a theme that is recurring in the race for the next New York City Mayor and Manhattan District Attorney.
But many say it could open the door to a landslide of theft that would cripple businesses, even those as large as Walgreens and CVS.
Walgreens has closed 17 stores in San Francisco because the theft was so overwhelming and becoming dangerous for staff.
‘The one trend we are seeing is more violence and escalating — and much more bold. We see a lot of repeat offenders,’ Commander Raj Vaswani, the head of the investigations bureau at the San Francisco Police Department, told The New York Times in a recent article.