This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.
Can you imagine what tourists must think when they come to this country? They spend a lot of money to fly all the way over here, and they are hoping to have amazing experiences that they will always remember. But instead, they quickly realize that the cities that they have come to see are rapidly degenerating.
Today, our major cities are filthy, they are teeming with predators, and violent crime is completely out of control. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. New York City is the financial capital of the world, and millions of tourists still visit each year. But now the Big Apple has such an enormous rat problem “that rat tourism is fast becoming a boom industry”…
As the city grapples with a major rat problem – sightings doubled last year, prompting the mayor to advertise for a “somewhat bloodthirsty” head rat-catcher in December – the rodent issue is, according to some, New York’s latest must-experience trend.
As visitors to New York demand rat action, some of the city’s tour guides have started to add stops at notoriously infested sites, the New York Post reported this week.
It means that rat tourism is fast becoming a boom industry.
One study concluded that there are about 3 million rats in New York City today.
And with each passing day, the population grows even larger.
The East Coast may have rats, but if you want to really have an experience with the crime wave that is sweeping across America the best place to do that is the West Coast.
Some tourists from Malta recently found that out the hard way. When they visited a beach in the San Francisco area, they had all of their possessions stolen from their vehicles within just 10 minutes…
Numerous groups of tourists visiting a beach in San Francisco had all their belongings stolen from their cars, including their passports, while at the ocean for just minutes.
On their second day in San Francisco, a group of tourists from Malta contemplated cutting their trip short and returning to Europe after the brazen smash and grab that occurred in broad daylight within a mere 10-minute window.
Another group from Europe was able to top that.
They had all of their possessions stolen from their vehicle within just 5 minutes…
At the same beach, another European family enjoying a day by the ocean fell prey to a car break-in.
Shocking footage captured by Matty Lopez on Instagram and shared by journalist Arisley T. Pacheco, who documents robbery victims, revealed their car’s trunk vandalized, with shattered glass scattered across the ground.
The man recording the video questions the tourists, ‘So what happened – you went to the beach for five minutes?’ Their response is disheartening: ‘They took everything we had – passports, cameras, phones, iPads, laptops, luggage – everything.’
Whether we like it or not, this is our country now.
Once upon a time, Beverly Hills was world famous for the luxury retailers that lined Wilshire Boulevard.
But now many of those iconic retailers have shut down permanently due to rising crime…
A new video documenting the growing number of high-profile stores in Beverly Hills that have closed recently, places renewed emphasis on the crisis facing the retail sector in most major cities.
The video, posted by an account called cody90210, shows some 11 popular Beverly Hills retail stops now entirely shuttered, including the iconic former Barneys location, Brooks Brothers, All Saints, and the high-end women’s fashion boutique Escada. Both Escada and Barneys filed for bankruptcy in recent years.
The closed shops, which also include convenience retailers like Rite Aid and Chipotle, and even popular workout class option SoulCycle, have shuttered their doors on Wilshire Boulevard, leaving the area bereft of its former appeal. Their sad decline marks a departure from the area’s lengthy heyday, which even saw band Weezer pen a song with the lyrics ‘Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be.’
I don’t know why anyone would want to live in southern California at this point.
Earlier today, I came across a story about a street vendor in south Los Angeles who was viciously assaulted by a group of thugs in broad daylight “in front of his 8-year-old special needs daughter”…
A group of masked males brutally attacked a street vendor in front of his 8-year-old special needs daughter and stole all his money in south Los Angeles over the weekend, KTLA-TV reported.
These criminals have no respect for anyone or anything.
They just want to take what you have.
Of course, this isn’t just a west coast phenomenon. In Washington D.C., carjackings are up more than 100 percent so far this year…
Washington D.C. has witnessed a staggering 670 reported carjackings in 2023 so far, representing 100 percent+ increase in the offense across the U.S. Capitol compared to the same period last year. The city’s Democrat-dominated city council, however, remains on vacation until September 15 and has shown no signs of trying to return early to solve the matter. In 2018, there were 140 carjackings, jumping to 360 by 2020, with total of 485 in 2022. The city has also seen a 113 percent increase in carjackings involving a firearm compared to 2022. A total of 513 incidents involved a gun, representing 77 percent of all D.C. carjackings. Only 157 incidents did not involve a firearm.
Things are even worse in Baltimore.
One young mother in the city who recently spoke to FOX45 News is deeply frustrated because she can’t seem to find a way to keep her 14-year-old daughter from stealing cars…
As another school year begins, a Baltimore mom isn’t scheduling after-school activities for her 14-year-old daughter; instead, she’s scheduling court appearances and trying to figure out what – if anything – will get her daughter to stop stealing cars and follow the rules of her home detention.
Rae spoke with FOX45 News about her 14-year-old daughter on the condition of not using her last name or showing her face on camera. In return, Rae spoke candidly about her daughter’s behavior, experience with police, and the Department of Juvenile Services.
Apparently, this 14-year-old girl is really good at stealing vehicles, and authorities refuse to keep her locked up because she is not an adult.
Hopefully, she will find a way to turn her life around.
But the reality of the matter is that there are millions of others just like her.
Our cities are being overwhelmed by hordes of young people who are totally out of control, and meanwhile, police departments are shrinking.
In fact, some small towns have eliminated their police departments entirely because it has become so difficult to find people who are willing to serve in this environment…
America is in the midst of a police officer shortage that many in law enforcement blame on the two-fold morale hit of 2020 — the coronavirus pandemic and criticism of police that boiled over with the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. From Minnesota to Maine, Ohio to Texas, small towns unable to fill jobs are eliminating their police departments and turning over police work to their county sheriff, a neighboring town or state police.
What is going to happen if the number of police continues to shrink but the number of criminals continues to rise?
I think that we all know the answer to that question.
Great chaos is coming to this country, and it isn’t going to be pretty.
Our society has been trending the wrong way for a long time, and now we have reached a major tipping point.
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