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The Myth of Michelle Obama's "Food Desert"

JiminGA Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 7:07 AM
So called "food deserts" exist because the groceries that were stolen blind by the locals closed long ago. The supermarket industry has one of the smallest profit margins of any retailer and a high inventory shrink literally removes all profits. So the "food deserts" exist because the people who need the stores the most drove them out of business. But then progressives like Michelle Obama only see things through their utopian eyes, where all that should be...can be.
kywriter Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 10:23 AM
Not all the people who need them were involved in this. But grocery stores have a very slim profit margin. A one-percent uptick in shoplifting can make a huge impact. When you have a chain, you reduce the ability to charge higher prices in targeted stores to eliminate the shoplifting impact. It makes sense for chains, which have the efficiency to charge lower prices, to dump stores in high-shoplifting areas. They are replaced by independents who charge higher prices because of their lower efficiency. The net effect is that poor but honest people suffer the most.

That doesn't mean the government needs to intervene. It means bad people need to go to jail more. Petty crimes have huge impacts on entire communities.