COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (CBS46) -- Stereotyped, intimidated, racism, and uncomfortable, all words used by shoppers to describe their shopping experience at a Kroger in South Fulton.

“I think it’s kind of racist you definitely see that here on Old National,” said a mother of three who had just finished shopping.

College Park Kroger shoppers are upset over a new security installation leaving them to feel stereotyped.

“You won’t see that in Fayetteville or maybe Cobb County anywhere, doubt it,” said the mother.

The security installation only has one entrance.

Many took to social media to voice their anger at what they say feels like shopping in a prison just to buy toiletries or laundry detergent.

We asked the City of South Fulton for crime rates at the store but did not get an answer in time for this report. However, shoppers were more than happy to tell us about the amount of theft at the store.

CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy asked customers if they'd heard of theft being an issue at the store. "Yes I have, I have, yeah, quite a bit,” said a longtime Kroger shopper.

Other shoppers tell CBS46 that many people take things from shelves and use them in the bathroom without paying, but feel a less intimidating approach should be taken.

CBS46 spoke to the company who sent a statement reading:

“Thank you for reaching out to us. These changes are being implemented to help improve operational efficiencies, provide better inventory management and increase profitability. We take pride in keeping our shelves fully stocked with the items our customers want and need and we believe these changes, which are part of a pilot project, will help us do so.”

An officer with the city of South Fulton, on duty at the store, said the Kroger doesn't have anymore thefts than other stores in the area.

Besides the inconvenience, shoppers say if they care about their customers a different solution should be found.

“Of course you don’t want to come in to where you’re afraid to shop, because you’re afraid someone’s going to steal or you’re afraid you’re going to be enclosed in the environment of them stealing, so of course you’re going to take precautions, but I don’t know if that’s the safest precaution,” said the longtime Kroger shopper.

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(26) comments

bubbaredneck

It's always funny how the media constantly tries to be divisive using race in their stories. Even by innuendo. This hasn't a thing to do with race, but crime. Last I checked, Kroger owns their stores. That means they have the right to run them as they see fit. At least you can still shop in the aisles. In some countries, products are locked up and you have no access until they are paid for. Kroger by doing this, actually makes it better for the consumer, because there's more chance they will have the items in stock, rather than being stolen. It also saves Kroger money since they are keeping their losses down and this saver consumers money as well. It's a win/win and any reporting on it that sheds a negative light in this is shameful. Lastly, everyone's negative comments about race here only help prove some peoples' opinions of the south. This is not a "black only" thing. Thieves come in all colors and flavors. When there is a higher concentration of one segment of society on a given area, there is naturally more of that segment involved. It's math, not race. Math does not lie.

1350IsPrettyNifty

Humans will continue to be more and more inconvenienced and annoyed in their daily activities simply because blacks cannot be civilized.


lesainga@gmail.com

And I thought the Kroger on Wesley Chapel was the only one with the enclosure. Well, guess I was wrong. I don't like it but the owner's of the store can do what they want with their store. To me, it is just like my house or car, I make the rules and you gotta abide by them or you don't have to come to my house or ride in my car...simple as that.

Chico

Stop screaming “racism” it is past time for black Americans to stand up and say lougl

LadyAtlanta

This whole issue is about loss prevention and NOT about criminalizing Black people. Unfortunately, because of systemic oppression people are forced to make some pretty compromising and tough decisions like, "Do I steal to feed the kids and risk going to jail OR don’t steal and starve and let DFACS take the kids?" It’s messed up. I get it.



1.) I’m from Old National and they steal like freaking crazy over there.



2.) This move is definitely not a cheap one. So for Kroger to make this decision, that means they were losing WAY too much in profit (due to theft).



3.) If they do not take some sort of loss prevention action then they will ultimately have to close the store down causing a grocery store drought in that area, which will be devastating to the community's physical health and financial retention (off to Church’s chicken we go!).



4.) The alternative to encasing certain products is to hire police patrol which will further incriminate POC (do we really want the gun toting overseers staring everyone down…it’s bad enough they’re watching everyone on camera). In a nutshell, it's just more cost effective for the store to install this ONE TIME security method rather than hiring a cop on salary/hourly for years on in. I’d rather see this than for them to close the store down because people keep stealing tide pods and dial soap only to sell the stuff out of the back of their 1995 Ford Expedition in somebody’s parking lot.



5.) We have to remember if we want stores in our community then we have to make sure they are making a profit in order to stay in business.

martin

Old National . . IT FIGURES ! . . DID YOU EXPECT ANY DIFFERENT FROM A 3RD WORLD LOCATION ?


lesainga@gmail.com

The one on Wesley Chapel in Decatur has the same enclosure

AWM

If certain demographics didn't steal things and rob others they might be treated like people who don't do those things. They really need to look INWARD and reflect on the problems that plague their own communities instead of blaming other people for "racism". They are their own worst enemies. It's very sad to see.

1350IsPrettyNifty

>implying they have the intelligence necessary for introspection


Registered voter

No more theft than any other Kroger? Next you're gonna tell me there is no more food stamps used here than at any other Kroger.

Ikari

Isn't it a curious coincidence how when you travel to ANY city that has a large population of blacks, EVERYTHING is hidden behind an inch of Lexan?







Fried chicken... behind bullet proof ցlass.



The Post Office... behind bullet proof glass.



Gas stations... behind bullet proof ցlass.



Armed police stationed at every CVS.







You never see this ANYWHERE except black cities.







I wonder why that might be? Any of you Dindu Tribe care to explain?



[whistling]


Search1350kek

13% ....... > 50%



Search fbi.gov crime stats 1350

Search1350kek

Lol everyone should look up the fbi.gov crime stats. What group makes up 13% of the population and yet contribute over 52% of all violent crime? The result will not shock you. KEK


Mrzmartin

People will get mad about Kroger trying to control there inventory, but won’t complain not one bit about that beauty supply store in your community that you can’t return nothing back plus they following you all around the store. No one complains about the food depot or other save a lot stores that charge you an extra 10% sell you grade F meat and the floors are nasty. Walmart line be out the door and how many times have anyone called the news or even corporate. I’ve worked at a Kroger in a Predominantly black neighborhood and the theft was so freaking bad they closed the store down.

Marcy

We have a 2nd amendment for a reason. Kroger has its doors open to the public. They cant held if someone with I'll intent comes into their store. But you do!

closeit

Just avoid the hassle and close/relocate the store.

Concerned Citizen

In all honesty instead of being mad at Kroger for installing security measures we should be mad at ourselves for making that store along with others the type that need those security measures. I have visited that store myself and I can speak to the poor customer service which is a reflection of management and poor behavior of many customers which are a reflection of the community. When we decide to open bags of chips and eat it in the store because "we gonna pay for it anyways",and get mad when the employee dares to question you, let's not forget our kids are watching. So I can't get mad at those kids who should be in school that snatch and run. We gotta do better before we can expect somebody else to

tricett2

I agree, that is sooo true!

tricett2

I think, us people of color need to stop being so sensitive now a days. I've felt uncomfortable in that Krogers as well. However, it's not because I've felt discriminated against. It's because of the ignorant employees of color that work there. They stare as if there a little bit off in the head,their super rude & unfriendly as well. I don't live on that side of town, but, I've been in the area & decided to stop by to pickup some things. Never again. I can wait. Sometimes, it's the employees that are the problem, not the owners.

EduardoL

This is happening exactly the same in the Westend/Westview Cascade Kroger. Our neighborhood FB pages are sharing the same sentiment of racism. Wesley Chappell Kroger has one of these cages as well. These are only being placed in predominantly Black communities. No walls or cages at Edgewood or Glenwood Kroger, even though they have had over $12000 worth or good stollen in just in instance. This is less about theft and more about what you stated, Racism!

Search1350kek

Cope. They steal more than any other race. Here in the US, in the UK, and that trash hole Africa as well. It’s stereotype for a reason. 13% of the population...contributes over 50% of all violent crime. Blames everyone but themselves.




LadyAtlanta

That's one POV. But who holds the record for global acquisition through bloodshed, theft, human trafficking, genocide, rape, enslavement, and systemic oppression because they're to lazy to work? Hint: EURO**** : )

1350IsPrettyNifty

Who is so incompetent that they managed to allow themselves to be sold as property? Who literally only independently invented the wheel about a month ago? Who lives in mud huts and has no written language? Who has bastardized and demolished every language they've been taught to speak? Who is vastly overrepresented in literally every single violent crime on the books? Who steals so much they had to put ENTIRE AISLES behind theftproof walls?







Hint: It ain't whites.




1350IsPrettyNifty

Aye.

LadyAtlanta

When someone is held up at gunpoint competence they do not have the option of being competent. If someone stuck a gun to your head would you be competent or obedient? Of course the you'd be obeying so you could perseve your life. That's why ya'll fight so hard for gun rights. Because when you have them in hand you use them to kidnap, enslave, and rob people of who they are. Without them you are absolutely nothing. Y'all destroy everything you touch.

LadyAtlanta

This whole issue is about loss prevention and NOT about criminalizing Black people. Unfortunately, because of systemic oppression people are forced to make some pretty compromising and tough decisions like, "Do I steal to feed the kids and risk going to jail OR don’t steal and starve and let DFACS take the kids?" It’s messed up. I get it.



1.) I’m from Old National and they steal like crazy over there.



2.) This move is definitely not a cheap one. So for Kroger to make this decision, that means they were losing WAY too much in profit (due to theft).



3.) If they do not take some sort of loss prevention action then they will ultimately have to close the store down causing a grocery store drought in that area, which will be devastating to our communities physical health and financial retention (off to Church’s chicken we go!).



4.) The alternative to encasing certain products is to hire police patrol which will will further incriminate us (do we really want the gun toting overseers staring us down…it’s bad enough they’re watching us on camera). It is more cost effective for the store to install this ONE TIME security method rather than hiring a cop on salary/hourly for years on in. I’d rather see this than for them to close the store down because people keep stealing tide pods and dial soap only to sell the stuff out of the back of their 1995 Ford Expedition in somebody’s parking lot.



5.) We have to remember if we want stores in our community then we have to make sure they are making a profit in order to stay in business.

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