California was once hailed as the great frontier of promise in the Land of Opportunity, the place where Americans who were sick of all their success went to be even more successful.
Now it's... well, now it seems to pretty much be this, all day, every day:
San Francisco Bay has been hit by a third day of brazen looting, with a gang of thieves filmed smashing glass cases at a jewelry store and emptying them as staff screamed in terror.
The latest incident happened at a Sam's Jewelers store at the Southland Mall in Hayward around 5:30pm PST Sunday evening, and was caught on camera.
Robbers - said to have been part of a gang of around 40 to 50 teens who entered the mall - wielded hammers to smash display cases at Sam's, before making off with goods. Dramatic footage shot from a nearby store showed shop workers screaming with fear as the disturbing scene unfolded.
Notice, in the above video, the pleas from those nearby:
Move back. Move back.
That seems to be how people are dealing with this: By doing nothing about it. Not the police, not bystanders, nobody.
The criminals have complete control.