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Violent Threats Overlooked in Half of U.S. Companies
American Companies Anticipate Missing up to 50% of Harmful Threats in the Months Ahead, but a Majority Downplay Risks, new Ontic Study Finds

Threat assessment training to recognize and intercept workplace behaviors that could turn violent is very important, but it's unclear which department takes the lead

U.S. corporations are facing an increased volume of threats driven by persistent political, social and economic issues, including Roe v. Wade, gun control, diversity, equity and inclusion, the war in Ukraine, return-to-office and COVID-19. Concerned about the rise in threat data as well as keeping employees, their CEO and senior executives safe as they return to offices and work remotely, physical security, cybersecurity and IT, human resources and legal and compliance leaders feel increased pressure to identify threats to save their company money and reduce liabilities. But through year-end, about one-in-four (26%) of these executives at American companies anticipate they will miss at least 51% of threats, while another 31% anticipate they will miss 26%-50% of threats before they cause harm or damage.

Fred Burton, Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence said, "As such, cross-company threat data-sharing continues to be critical and even minor lapses in communications can result in serious security concerns. All companies should heed this guidance, but especially those considering restructurings and workforce reductions, as our study found 75% of human resources, 72% of legal and compliance, 66% of physical security and 60% of cybersecurity and IT respondents said in the past year because of a failure to notify their department in advance, violence or harm occurred at their company when an employee was furloughed or fired."

Key findings from the survey include:

98% said threat assessment or threat management training to recognize workplace behaviors that could turn violent or cause damage is important for their team to successfully execute their job, including 71% who say it is very important;

66% said in 2022 their company received or investigated one or more threats weekly, including one-quarter that are on track to receive or investigate up to 260 threats annually.

64% agree at their company employees do not report erratic and violent behavior or other warning signs in a timely manner

63% agree their company downplays risk to emulate a safe environment

54% do not have a mechanism in place that allows employees to anonymously report issues and 43% rely on employees to take the "if you see something, say something" approach to security, whether they are working from home or on-site at a company location prnewswire.com

70% of Suspects Committed New Crime After $0 Bail Release
CA county saw 70% of criminal suspects released on $0 bail commit new crimes

Of the 595 individuals released without bail in Yolo County between 2020 and 2021, 420 were rearrested

A California district attorney has found that more than 70% of criminal suspects released on $0 bail between 2020 and 2021 in his county committed new crimes. The California Judicial Council in April 2020 implemented the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, or $0 bail, which supporters say makes the criminal justice system more fair for those who cannot afford to get released.

"When over 70% of the people released under mandated $0 bail policies go on to commit additional crime(s), including violent offenses such as robbery and murder, there is simply no rational public safety-related basis to continue such a practice post-pandemic, especially in light of the increasing violent crime rates across California," Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig said in a Monday statement.

The California Judicial Council rescinded its $0 bail order in June 2020, but some counties kept the policy in place. Yolo Count ended its $0 bail policy in June 2021, according to a press release from Reisig's office. In June of this year, Reisig's office began tracking which suspected offenders released without bail went on to commit new crimes in Yolo County, which includes parts of west Sacramento.

Of the 595 individuals released on $0 bail between 2020 and 2021 in Yolo County, 420 - or 70.6% - were rearrested for new crimes, and 123 - or 20% - were arrested for a violent crime such as murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, carjacking or domestic violence, according to Reisig's office.

Reisig's findings come amid an ongoing discussion about the elimination of cash bail for offenders and whether such policies help criminal suspects reenter society or embolden suspects to commit new crimes. foxnews.com

S.F. Prosecutors Won't Be Asking Judge to Set Bail
S.F. D.A. Brooke Jenkins reveals her cash bail and detention policy. Here's how it compares to Boudin's
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins on Wednesday released a new policy guiding the detention of criminal defendants before trial, saying that prosecutors should not ask judges to set cash bail except in rare circumstances.

"It is the policy of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office not to seek cash bail in criminal cases, except in certain misdemeanor cases where the law provides a court with no other choice to protect public safety," the policy states.

The policy also appears to broaden circumstances in which prosecutors can ask a judge to hold a felony defendant in jail, with no bail, before trial. Judges ultimately decide whether a defendant stays in custody.

She has painted herself as tougher on violent crime and repeat offenders than Boudin, while pledging to keep popular criminal justice reforms. sfchronical.com

Feds Warn of Buffalo Supermarket Shooting Copycat Attacks
FBI, DHS issue bulletin warning of potential for racially motivated copycat attacks
The U.S. government on Tuesday urged law enforcement partners nationwide to "remain vigilant" and watch for indicators of potential copycat attacks following the widespread dissemination of over 700 pages written by the 19-year-old suspect who allegedly opened fire and killed 10 people in a supermarket located in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, in May.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) assessed that a 180-page manifesto and 672-page online diary written by the alleged gunman and "intended to serve as a manual for future attackers" will "likely enhance the capabilities of potential mass casualty shooters who may be inspired by this attack."

Investigators say the Buffalo suspect had invited several individuals to view his private online diary minutes prior to the attack "to assist in the dissemination of his materials" that outline "pre-attack training with gear, modification of weapons, and extensive target selection research," the memo stated.

Prosecutors have asserted that the alleged gunman, who they say espoused white supremacist beliefs, "committed the offense after substantial planning and premeditation to commit an act of terrorism." A federal grand jury has indicted him on 27 charges, including 14 alleged federal hate crimes and 13 weapons charges. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty. Eleven of the 13 individuals shot at the store on May 14, 2022 were Black.

According to the bulletin, obtained by CBS News, detailed descriptions of the alleged gunman's tactics, techniques and procedures will "contribute to the volume of violent extremist content readily available online." cbsnews.com

Number of U.S. Mass Killing Victims Higher Than Average
Mass killings database reveals trends & details in every US event since 2006

High profile public shootings in the US are only a portion of the country's mass killings AP, USA TODAY and Northeastern University analysis shows.

The number of mass killings in 2022 is about average compared with previous years despite recent shootings that captured public attention. The number of victims is somewhat higher than average but still below previous highs. usatoday.com

Number of mass killing victims killed by year

Teens Driving Violent Crime Surge
Community leaders want teen curfews enforced amid recent crimes in Memphis
Following a string of violent crimes across Memphis involving children, community leaders are organizing to turn things around. "Why are these children out?" said Rhonda Logan of the Memphis City Council.

"When we look at the stats, a lot of violent crime, major crime are happening overnight, and we already have a curfew in place," said Logan.

City ordinance states that children 16 and under may not be in a public place after 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday, that curfew is extended until 11 p.m. A 17-year-old's curfew Monday through Thursday is an hour later each night, 11 p.m. during the week, and midnight on weekends.

"The curfew is already on the books. It's an ordinance within Memphis and Shelby County. It just needs to be enforced," said Rep. Antonio Parkinson, (D) Memphis. fox13memphis.com

Traveling Organized Theft Rings Targeting LA
Organized theft rings target visitors to LA's Griffith Park
Organized theft rings from Northern California are targeting the vehicles of tourists and other visitors at Los Angeles' Griffith Park, the sprawling urban wilderness that is home to some of the city's most famous attractions.

Thieves break into vehicles, particularly rental cars, in the most popular areas of the park and take off with valuables in seconds, Los Angeles police officials told a press conference Tuesday in front of the iconic triple-domed Griffith Observatory. registercitizen.com

Wawa Ends 24-Hour Operations at Select C-stores in Philly's Center City

US Hate Crimes Rise During First Half of 2022

California Targets Rising Hate Crimes


COVID Update

607.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 95.7M Cases - 1M Dead - 91.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 603.6M Cases - 6.4M Dead - 578.5M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 794
*Red indicates change in total deaths

COVID & Monkeypox in the Workplace
Updated CDC Guidance, Monkeypox Outbreak, and EEO-1 Pay Data - Employment Law This Week
This week, we discuss updates on COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, what employers should know about monkeypox, and EEO-1 pay data reporting.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that asymptomatic individuals who suspect COVID-19 exposure wear a mask for 10 days rather than quarantine. Many states follow CDC guidance, but some have their own guidelines, so employers are checking requirements in their locations and updating policies to remain in compliance.

Employers Monitor Monkeypox Outbreak

While COVID-19 requirements seem to be easing, employers are closely watching the most recent public health emergency: monkeypox. The CDC has released information for health care professionals, but there has been no federal monkeypox guidance for the general workplace as of now. Employers have a general duty to provide a safe work environment under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and they should keep monitoring the CDC for any future guidance.

EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting to Return

A recent announcement by Commissioner Keith Sonderling of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that pay data reporting "is coming" is the latest indication that EEO-1 Component 2 data will be required in the future. This means employers would once again have to report compensation data categorized by race, sex, ethnicity, and more. workforcebulletin.com

COVID Deaths Falling Globally
WHO: COVID Deaths Down by 15%, Cases Fall Nearly Everywhere
The number of coronavirus deaths reported worldwide fell by 15% in the past week while new infections dropped by 9%, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

In its latest weekly assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. health agency said there were 5.3 million new cases and more than 14,000 deaths reported last week. WHO said the number of new infections declined in every world region except the Western Pacific.

Deaths jumped by more than 183% in Africa but fell by nearly a third in Europe and by 15% in the Americas. Still, WHO warned that COVID-19 numbers are likely severely underestimated as many countries have dropped their testing and surveillance protocols to monitor the virus, meaning that there are far fewer cases being detected. voanews.com

Back to office? Stay remote? Go hybrid?
Bosses shouldn't just go with their guts, and consensus may not work. Start by deciding what really matters, business professor says.

Pharmacists lobby to administer monkeypox vaccine


McKinsey & Company:
Next Two Decades May Bring More Frequent & Worse Disasters
The history and future of US crisis management
The crisis management community has made great progress on building resilience in the past two decades, but much work remains to prepare for a future of more frequent and damaging disasters.

Since 9/11, the crisis management community has made great strides in addressing the negative impacts of disasters on American lives and livelihoods. Congressional appropriations for disaster response and recovery have increased to historic levels, with FEMA allocating $45 billion between 2017 and 2020 to disaster relief and financial aid. 2 New approaches to recovery and mitigation have emerged, including the development of the National Response Framework and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. Indeed, the past two decades have seen significant progress. Yet new challenges are emerging, and the crisis management community will need to work hard to overcome them over the next 20 years.

In this article, we acknowledge the significant progress made by the crisis management community since the signing of the Homeland Security Act and review the data suggesting that the next two decades may bring more frequent and worse disasters affecting more people. We then explore five questions that the community can consider to ensure the security, resilience, and prosperity of communities in the future. mckinsey.com

Question 1: How can federal and SLTT agencies coordinate and collaborate to spur successful outcomes?
Question 2: What role could the private sector play in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery?
Question 3: How can the community encourage more individuals to assist with crisis management?
Question 4: What is the right level and mix of investments for crisis management?
Question 5: How could equitable recovery be factored into conversations about crisis management?

From Cartels Using Retail Stores in LA's Fashion District to Launder Millions To:
Brooklyn Gangsters Running the Crazy Eddie Retail Empire
The Crazy Eddie electronics chain, at its peak, numbered a respectable 43 stores from Philadelphia to Boston, but in the mid-1980s the discount retailer enjoyed an astonishing 99% name recognition among New Yorkers, higher even than the sitting president, Ronald Reagan. Anyone who resided in the region at the time knows why: the ubiquitous and incessant Crazy Eddie commercials, which featured a DJ named Jerry Carroll gesturing wildly and screaming, "His prices are insane!"

The Crazy Eddie empire was, from the start, built on lies and deception, with the fraud becoming so brazen that the company finally collapsed on itself.

The villain at the center of the drama is Eddie Antar, born in 1947, whose grandparents came to the United States from Syria and settled in south Brooklyn. Many of the Antars were in cash-based businesses, stashing their earnings in ceilings and mattresses to avoid paying taxes.

How they kept prices low included buying inventory below cost from an illegal supplier, selling merchandise at or below cost but pocketing the sales tax, pricing stereo components cheaply while overcharging for accessories, and passing off floor models and returned equipment as new product.

With a cousin as the accountant they took the company public in 1984.

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Embracing Smart Labeling
Kohl's Has an Inventory-Management Problem
A February 2022 article from Forbes explains that the inventory problems Kohl's has faced in recent years likely stem from its past decision to abandon the use of RFID-based smart labels. That decision, Forbes notes, has prevented the company from successfully undergoing a digital transformation, and the retail chain is now suffering for its lack of technological foresight (see The Curious Case Of Kohl's: Why The Retailer Has Struggled To Embrace Smart Labeling).

As writer Marshall Kay says in the Forbes article, "Unlike many of its direct competitors, Kohl's had been absent from many of the conferences at which Macy's and other peer retailers were collectively discussing their progress with RFID.

Macy's, Target, Walmart and other large retailers have achieved great success with RFID, so why hasn't Kohl's embraced the technology, despite its ability to address the chain's inventory-management dilemma? That's the real question. Instead, Kohl's pulled the plug on its RFID efforts back in 2015-and here we are, seven years later, with the retailer facing the financial consequences. Had the department store chain deployed RFID like its competitors have, this situation might have been avoided. rfidjournal.com

Starbucks has closed two more stores; union claims retaliation
Two stores in Seattle and Kansas City were shut down: the first to make way for a licensed Starbucks and the latter for safety reasons.

As for the Kansas City store, this is in line with Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz's plan to address safety concerns as part of the "era of significant reinvention" he promised to bring to the company. In July, Starbucks closed 16 stores due to safety issues and drug use in bathrooms. That same week, a video leaked of Schultz saying that those closures were "only the beginning" and that "many more" closures would be coming.

The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint of misconduct against Starbucks, alleging that the company had been "unlawfully interrogating employees about union organizing" during three separate occasions. nrn.com

Ride-hailing giant Lyft to shed more than half of its S.F. headquarters
This is happening across the country in virtually all the big cities

Publix named to Forbes' America's Best Employers by State 2022 list

Staples, Office Depot partner with Instacart on large item delivery

Eastern KY Flood Relief Bill Could Be $277 Million

Party City is hiring 20,000 people, expecting an epic Halloween

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Ulta Beauty Q2 comp's up 56.3%, net sales up 60.2%

Salesforce Q2 revenue up 22%

WILLIAMS-SONOMA Q2 net sales up 11.3%
   Pottery Barn net sales up 21.5%
   West Elm net sales up 6.1%
   Williams Sonoma net sales up 0.5%
   Pottery Barn Kids and Teen net sales up 5.3%

Dollar General Q2 comp's up 4.6%, net sales up 9%

Dollar Tree Q2 Dollar Tree comp's up 7.5%, Family Dollar comp's up 2%, Enterprise up 4.9%, total net sales up 6.7%

Petco Q2 comp's up 3.8%, net sales up 3.2%

Guess Q2 Americas Retail up 2%, Wholesale up 1%, Europe up 4%, Asia up 3%, sales up 2%

Victoria's Secret Q2 comp's down 8%, net sales down 6%

Abercrombie & Fitch Q2 Hollister net sales down 15%, Abercrombie net sales up 5%, total net sales down 7%

Burlington Stores Q2 comp's down 17%, total sales down 10%

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Mitigating Cyber Threats at 2,500 Stores Globally
Case Study: DTEX InTERCEPT Helps Multinational Retailer Gain Visibility into Risk in Retail Stores
As insider risks and threats become more prevalent with the rise of e-commerce and hybrid work, cybersecurity tools are struggling to evolve to recognize the human behavioral element of insider risk. This is especially troublesome for retailers that need to protect corporate data and sensitive customer information like credit card numbers and bank information.

In this new era of Work-From-Anywhere (WFA), visibility into user behavior and actions is becoming even more critical to thwarting insider threats and mitigating preventable risks, especially as retail organizations grapple with the great resignation, unprecedented employee burnout, and a potential recession.

This real-world case study highlights how DTEX InTERCEPT helped a multinational retailer operating more than 2,500 stores across the world gain visibility into in-store computers and human-led manual processes to enact change and decreased insider risk.


Our first-of-its-kind Workforce Cyber Intelligence and Security platform deployed across all back-office devices in the organization's retail stores within a few days, delivering rapid visibility into previously unknown risks.

Despite having a corporate policy limiting the usage of removable storage devices, DTEX InTERCEPT reported that almost a third of all authorized retail personnel used unauthorized USB flash drives multiple times each day.

Internal security was also surprised to uncover dozens of uncontrolled webmail accounts using the company name, all of which ended up being another workaround that spread between stores through word of mouth. InTERCEPT provided needed context to allow investigators to quickly discern between malicious and benign intent and create a secure solution securityboulevard.com

Criminals Making Data Easier to Find & Exploit
How Criminals Are Weaponizing Leaked Ransomware Data

Accenture's Robert Boyce Advises Firms to Update Monitoring & Approval Processes

Accenture's cyber threat intelligence team has analyzed the top 20 most active dedicated ransomware leak sites to learn how threat actors are posting sensitive corporate information and making the data easier to search and exploit. Robert Boyce, Accenture's Global Cyber Response Lead, explains how cybercriminals are weaponizing stolen ransomware data for follow-up attacks.

Boyce says criminals are indexing the data, making it more searchable and "doing their own analytics on that data to be able to identify really interesting business processes and identities of people within organizations."

Details such as employee names and titles, preferred vendors, the timing of payments to vendors and images of invoices are helping threat actors execute highly sophisticated business email compromise attacks against these former ransomware victims, Boyce says.

Boyce recommends organizations review their processes and increase their diligence. "Maybe put a little bit more monitoring around those processes, and ... think about how to introduce additional controls like double authentication or double approval for payments, just to really try and reduce that risk just a little bit more," he says.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Boyce discusses:

How cybercriminals are using ransomware data for secondary attacks;
The gaps in cybersecurity processes that criminals are bypassing;
How organizations can prepare for new mandatory cyber incident reporting legislation. bankinfosecurity.com

Phishing Campaign Targeting Microsoft 365
Unusual Microsoft 365 Phishing Campaign Spoofs eFax Via Compromised Dynamics Voice Account

In a widespread campaign, threat actors use a compromised Dynamics 365 Customer Voice business account and a link posing as a survey to steal Microsoft 365 credentials.

AdvertisementAn elaborate and rather unusual phishing campaign is spoofing eFax notifications and using a compromised Dynamics 365 Customer Voice business account to lure victims into giving up their credentials via microsoft.com pages.

Threat actors have hit dozens of companies through the broadly disseminated campaign, which is targeting Microsoft 365 users from a diverse range of sectors - including energy, financial services, commercial real estate, food, manufacturing, and even furniture-making, researchers from the Cofense Phishing Defense Center (PDC) revealed in a blog post published Wednesday.

The campaign uses a combination of common and unusual tactics to lure users into clicking on a page that appears to lead them to a customer feedback survey for an eFax service, but instead steals their credentials.

Attackers impersonate not only eFax but also Microsoft by using content hosted on multiple microsoft.com pages in several stages of the multistage effort. The scam is one of a number of phishing campaigns that Cofense has observed since spring that use a similar tactic, says Joseph Gallop, intelligence analysis manager at Cofense. darkreading.com

First Enforcement Action Under CCPA
Sephora Agrees to $1.2 Million Settlement of Data Privacy Charges
Cosmetics retailer Sephora allegedly failed to process online data opt-out requests from consumers who used the so-called Global Privacy Control tool.

Sephora failed to disclose to consumers that it was collecting and selling their personal information and failed to process opt-out requests made by individuals through software or a web browser tool.

The California Consumer Privacy Act's definition of "data sales" includes the sharing of information with third parties regardless of whether money is exchanged. Sephora shared data with others through cookies on its website to personalize the shopping experience and tailor ads, Sephora said in a statement. wsj.com

Twitter Security Allegations: Cybersecurity Experts Respond
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New 'Donut Leaks' extortion gang linked to recent ransomware attacks

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Armed & Dangerous Burglary Crew Hitting Dozens of Cannabis Shops
Dozens of break-ins reported at St. Louis medical marijuana dispensaries

Police believe the same group of thieves is responsible for at least two dozen break-ins.

This week, a car went through the wall of a medical marijuana dispensary in St. Louis County - not once, but twice within a 24-hour period. It was the latest - and most brazen - in a series of burglaries at dispensaries across the St. Louis region in recent weeks, which industry security experts fear are the work of a heavily armed and increasingly dangerous group of juveniles and young adults.

In all, police and marijuana industry security specialists tell me the group has struck dispensaries more than two dozen times since July. Their targets span the area. Cookies - the shop that had a car driven through it twice - got the most public attention because of the obvious damage.

Up until this week, the thieves have been breaking in by launching bricks through doors and windows, damaging displays and stealing cash registers inside the facilities, according to Joe Patterson, principal of Patterson and Associates.

I did a story featuring Patterson, a former St. Louis County police officer, and other former officers who have left the law enforcement profession to start working in the medical marijuana industry. His company is a security training and management firm that services the industry, and he helps look after about 20 marijuana dispensaries across the state.

So far, none of them have been hit. Still, everyone in the industry right now feels a bit like sitting ducks, he said. "It's only a matter of time," Patterson said. ksdk.com

Burglars Shift Strategies & Continue to Target Cannabis Shops
Despite recent security concession, cannabis store burglaries remain a concern
Shawn Bali said he was relieved when a provincial regulator allowed cannabis stores to remove window coverings, in a bid to discourage business hour robberies. But the owner of Omkara Cannabis at 500 Royal Oak Dr. N.W. said much to his chagrin, crooks have simply shifted their tactics by burglarizing stores like his in the dead of night.
"It's been happening lots - cannabis is (burglars') new market." He said the new, clearer view into stores might be helping culprits better case their victims. "It has been an issue for us. ... There's been an uptick of burglary attempts since the pandemic," he said.

Khan said more vigilance and enforcement against the still-thriving cannabis black market is needed. Earlier this month, AGLC informed cannabis retailers they can remove window coverings meant to block minors' view of product displayed inside.

That was done in response to a dramatic increase in robberies of cannabis outlets, some of them violent, mainly in Calgary. Also supporting that concession are city police, who've said they've logged an uptick in such robberies, with 29 in 2021, and 10 in 2022 through March 18.

It's hoped the move will make the interiors of the stores more visible from the outside and deter hold-ups. City police weren't available Saturday to provide figures on cannabis shop burglaries. Bali and other retailers say it's a good change but the store owner said thieves could merely move their activities into the overnight hours.

"It seems like kind of a new pattern," he said. The entrepreneur said he'll be beefing up his security, including placing tracking devices and dummy ones on product packages.

AGLC officials have emphasized federal prohibitions on displays remain in place. The regulator advised retailers to ensure security features including video recordings and alarm systems are in working order. calgaryherald.com

Crafting an SOP to Tackle Cannabis Business Risks & Emergencies
The Importance of SOPs for Cannabis Businesses
Many businesses, both small and large, benefit from establishing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). SOPs provide better business structure and proper organization, as well as improve communication, workload efficiency, and quality control. Cannabis SOPs are crucial in establishing the business' standards and expectations.

What are Cannabis Business SOPs?

SOPs are intended to set standards and/or improve operation routines in order to drive everyone within a company to work toward the same goals. Cannabis SOPs accomplish exactly this, but their procedures are tailored for handling cannabis products. This consists of policies that dictate what needs to be done, and procedures that show how the process must be completed.

Why are SOPs Important for Cannabis Businesses?

Communication starts from the top, and SOPs are the foundation of how managers and supervisors can instruct their employees. If SOPs are not well written, senior employees will have a very challenging time being able to translate policies and procedures with clarity to other employees. This is detrimental for cannabis businesses since they require employees to follow strict regulations and laws at the federal and local levels. Even one robbery can have severe long-term impacts on a cannabis business's chance at success.

Operating a cannabis business involves many risks, and you and your employees must be prepared to tackle emergencies. This is only possible if your SOPs effectively addresses what to do in a situation of crisis.

A solid cannabis SOP is the bread and butter for any cannabis business's long-term growth. Trained employees on average earn higher than those that are not well-trained because they are aware of the company's losses if they choose to break rules, attempt theft, slack off, etc. If policies and procedures can be communicated effectively from owner to employee, the company will face a sense of teamwork and a positive work environment which becomes the formula for long-term success. sapphirerisk.com

Marijuana Robbery Attempt Goes Up in Flames
Detroit, MI: Truck catches fire after plowing into marijuana grow operation during robbery attempt
Detroit police are searching for suspects involved in a smash-and-grab robbery at a marijuana shop on Detroit's northwest side. WWJ's Charlie Langton reports the suspects backed their truck into a building that houses a marijuana grow operation, but their robbery attempt failed when the vehicle got stuck in the building and caught fire.

The suspects then fled the scene near Oakfield Avenue and 7 Mile Road, just a few blocks away from heavy police activity on the scene of an accidental shooting that left a 5-year-old dead. As of Tuesday morning, the robbery suspects remain on the run. audacy.com

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TikTok Wages War on Amazon
TikTok stars boycott Amazon in activism push

TikTok influencers boasting collectively more than 51 million followers say they won't work with Amazon until the e-commerce colossus delivers key concessions to workers and halts anti-union efforts.

An advocacy group calling itself Gen-Z for Change said it coordinated the pledge from more than 70 popular TikTok talents to stand in solidarity with Amazon workers through a "People Over Prime Pledge." The vow references Amazon Prime -- a paid subscription from the online giant that includes benefits like rapid deliveries -- but also the pressure it puts on those working to fill the orders.

"We are calling on Amazon to listen to their workers and make tangible changes to their workplace environment," the group said in a letter, noting that TikTok has more than a billion users.

The coalition is pushing for the firm's workers to get a minimum hourly wage of $30, improved medical leave and easing of productivity requirements. The group is also calling on Amazon, which has long resisted unionization efforts in its US facilities, to stop its opposition.

'Comfortable pace'

The demands sought in this case are those put forth by labor organizers who early this year won a vote to launch the first union shop at one of Amazon's US warehouses. The second largest employer in the United States behind retail mega-chain Walmart, Amazon has fiercely opposed attempts to unionize workers.

"The health, safety and welfare of our employees is our top priority," Amazon spokesman Paul Flanigan said in response to an AFP inquiry. "We are committed to giving our employees the resources they need to be successful, creating time for regular breaks and a comfortable pace of work," he added.

Amazon has invested billions of dollars in safety measures, technology and more intended to protect employees, Flanigan said.

TikTok activism

Gen-Z for Change organizers reasoned that the power to reach tens of millions of young internet users comes with responsibility to advocate for social justice. Mobilizing on social media for Amazon employee rights can prompt other companies to improve worker conditions to avoid being targets of similar campaigns. rfi.fr

Amazon Worker Death Aftermath
Amazon denied a worker's death was caused by heat in the warehouse, but it's since installed new AC and more fans, report says

Workers said they believed overheating in the warehouse contributed to the employee's death.

Amazon has added a new AC system and extra fans to a warehouse in New Jersey where a worker died last month, warehouse employees told NBC News.

Rafael Reynaldo Mota Frias died at Amazon's EWR9 warehouse in Carteret, New Jersey on July 13 during Amazon's busy "Prime Day" period, reportedly due to a heart attack.

Coworkers told The Daily Beast they believed working conditions in the warehouse, including overheating, may have contributed to Frias's cardiac arrest. An Amazon spokesperson denied this to The Daily Beast. businessinsider.com

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Henrico County, VA: Thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen in Short Pump shoplifting cases
Police are asking for the public's help identifying people they say are tied to two cases of grand larceny in Short Pump. Several thousand dollars in merchandise was stolen, police said. Security cameras at 6:37 p.m. on Thursday captured two women entering a business in the 11800 block of West Broad Street, then going into a fitting room with multiple items of clothing, police said. They left the store about 40 minutes later carrying the items in stolen backpacks, police said. "The women selected several items, placing them in a shopping cart. However, roughly 30 minutes later, both suspects walked out of the business with the merchandise without paying," police said in a statement. The same woman appears to be in the Tuesday and Sunday incidents, police said. richmond.com  nbc12.com

Miami-Dade, FL: 37-year-old vintage boutique 'Miami Twice' robbed of $400,000 in merchandise in Southwest Miami-Dade
A South Florida boutique was robbed, and it's said to have been a pricey steal, as the crafty crooks made off with nearly half a million dollars worth of merchandise. Now, the owner is hoping someone can help track them down. Surveillance video shows a high-priced heist of a well-known store on Aug. 8. "Four gentleman over here, they've already got the items out of my store," said owner Mary Holle. "They just start unloading and loading it into the Lexus." The family behind the 37-year-old vintage shop, Miami Twice, said it felt like a punch to the gut."Definitely was a gut punch," said Holle. The shop has appeared on Deco Drive over the years, and the boutique's been a South Florida favorite for buyers and sellers of "the good stuff." Holle told 7News about $400,000 in merchandise was stolen. The couture crooks had cut through and crawled down from the roof in the middle of the night. It was like an open season for a secondhand swipe of Holle's curated collection of... "Gold and antique jewelry," she said, "mostly Chanel and Louis Vuitton." wsvn.com

Alameda, CA: Man arrested after over $20K worth of merchandise stolen from Target
A man was arrested in connection to multiple instances of grand theft in the Bay Area, the Alameda Police Department announced Wednesday in a social media post. A total of over $20,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a Target in Alameda - a series of theft incidents between April and August. An unidentified 47-year-old Berkeley man was taken into custody in San Leandro last week. Target's Loss Prevention Officers, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and multiple Bay Area law enforcement agencies helped in the case. kron4.com

Brooklyn, OH: Cool theft of seven ceiling fans lands man in hot water
On Aug. 5, a Home Depot employee observed a customer stealing merchandise from the Brookpark Road store. An arriving officer talked to the caller, who said he saw a man steal seven ceiling fans valued at more than $1,180. The thief left the parking lot driving a dark gray Chevrolet Tahoe. The officer caught up to the shoplifter at the intersection of West 130th Street and Snow Road. The North Olmsted man was arrested for shoplifting. The items were returned to Home Depot. cleveland.com

Columbus, OH: Police searching for "serial" Old Navy shoplifters
Columbus Police are trying to identify a pair of women who have allegedly stolen clothing from a Columbus store on multiple occasions. According to a press release, the same two women are suspected to have stolen merchandise from the Old Navy store at Easton on three separate occasions last month. The store is located at 3690 Easton Market, within Easton Town Center. Police allege the women filled tote bags full of clothing before walking out of the store without paying, multiple times. The estimated value of the stolen merchandise is $380. Columbus police have included several photos showing of the suspects leaving the Easton Old Navy. 614now.com

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Man wanted in connection with theft of $22,260 worth of golf clubs from Edmonton stores
Warrants are out for a man connected to the brazen cut-and-run thefts of more than $22,000 worth of golf clubs over the course of nine months in and around Edmonton. Between Sept. 10, 2021 and June 22 of this year, Golf Town stores were targeted by a two-man team who the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) said would bolt from the retailers with expensive clubs in hand. Police are warning the public that stolen clubs still at large may be for sale online. edmontonjournal.com

Salina, KS: Stolen credit and debit cards used for more than $6,400 in purchases at Dick's, Dillons, Dunham's and GameStop

Stratford, CT: Man Wanted For Stealing Large Amount Of Items From Marshalls

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Shootings & Deaths

Adelphi, MD: One man dead after being shot behind McDonald's in Prince George's County
One man is dead after he was shot in a parking lot behind a McDonald's restaurant in Adelphi, Md. Wednesday night, Prince George's County Police said. The shooting took place in the 2300 block of University Blvd E. PGPD says officers were called at 9:18 p.m. for a report of a shooting. wjla.com

Manassas, VA: Update: Police looking for man they say fatally shot 25-year-old outside 7-Eleven
Officers say they are looking identify and locate a man caught on security camera in connection to the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man that occurred outside a 7-Eleven store in Manassas on August 19 around 8:30 p.m. Police say the man in the photos walked around the building and approached 25-year-old Dalton Moore, along with two of his male friends, all three of whom were sitting on the sidewalk. The unknown man then pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds at Moore, killing him. One of Moore's friends was struck, as well, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. wjla.com

Atlanta, GA: Police searching for gunman who killed 14-year-old boy at southeast Atlanta strip mall
Atlanta police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy in a strip mall parking lot in the 1000 block of Fayetteville Road in southeast Atlanta at around 6:20 Tuesday evening. "I'm in here working trying to help a customer," store owner Lewis Wright said. "All of a sudden we heard like five, six gunshots." Atlanta police responded to a person shot call and discovered the wounded teen. The victim had been shot multiple times. Medics rushed him to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, yet another victim of senseless gun violence. fox5atlanta.com

Columbus, OH: Update: Columbus Police Officer won't be charged in 2020 fatal shooting of Bob Evans robbery suspect
A Franklin County grand jury has declined to indict a Columbus police officer in relation to the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect in Columbus in 2020. Columbus police officer Jeffrey Miller will not be charged with the Jan. 25, 2020, shooting of Joshua J. Brown, 35, of Columbus. According to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, Columbus police responded to the Bob Evans restaurant on the 1400 block of Olentangy River Road for a report of an armed robbery in progress. The suspect, later identified as Brown, fled the scene before police arrived after he was confronted by a customer with a fire extinguisher. Miller and his partner saw Brown run from the back of the restaurant and into a parking lot of a hotel nearby, according to court records. While Miller's partner chased Brown on foot, Miller stayed with the patrol vehicle. Brown then began running toward the vehicle, which is when Miller ordered him to show his hands. Brown continued running toward Miller, allegedly raising his hand, showing what Miller thought was a firearm. Miller fired his gun twice, hitting Brown once. Brown was taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. nbc4i.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Nottingham England: McDonald's ransacked by 50 teenagers who jumped over counter to steal burgers
At least 50 youths piled into the Clumber Street branch in Nottingham, shouting as they leapt over the counter and grabbed what they could. Other teens had their phones out recording the frenzy while threatened staff could do nothing but stand aside as they made off with the stolen meals on Sunday evening. Nottinghamshire Police said around 20 youths stayed behind after ransacking the restaurant and hurled verbal abuse at the employees. Officers said the group had also been preparing to raid another McDonald's in Milton Street but dispersed when they arrived at the scene. No arrests have been made but a 'serious' investigation is under way.  metro.co.uk

Chinese Restaurants Using POS Software That Concealed Cash Sales
JIN CHEN LIANG, age 62, of Corona, California, sold, and installed software that enabled several restaurants in Wyoming to conceal cash sales, facilitating the restaurant owners' under-reporting of the amount of sales tax owed to the State of Wyoming and the amount of income tax owed to the federal government. Liang sold the software to individuals who owned restaurants in Casper, Cheyenne, Green River, Riverton, and Rock Springs. The total amount of under-reported tax was approximately 2 million dollars.

Restaurant owners who bought and used Liang's software, Quyen Sam Ha, Soi Sam Ha, and Jenn Sam Ho, were previously convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government. All the convicted restaurant owners were placed on supervised probation for a term of 5 years and have already paid restitution totaling over 1.8 million dollars to the State of Wyoming and the IRS.

Liang was sentenced to five years' probation, with the first six months under home confinement, and was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and over $700,000 in restitution to the State of Wyoming and the IRS. justice.gov

Fearless Tiny Female Dollar Tree employee takes on Giant Shoplifter
This brave female Dollar Tree employee had enough of thugs walking out with merchandise and decided to take things into her own hands. This shoplifter was trying to walk out with a bag when he was stopped by the female employee. bitchute.com

Chicago, IL: Minor arrested in West Garfield Park for alleged store armed robbery

Marysville, WA: Suspects crash stolen car into store in failed burglary attempt



Peachtree City, GA: Part of roof collapses, 3 officers hospitalized after fire inside Walmart
Three officers are recovering from injuries they sustained after a fire started inside a Walmart in Peachtree City. Peachtree City Fire Department Chief Wilbur Harbin said the fire broke out inside the store on Highway 54 just after 7 p.m. The fire engulfed mostly the retail section of the store, Harbin told Channel 2 Action News. Firefighters attacked the fire from inside of the store, but the roof began to collapse and firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from outside of the Walmart. Luckily, no firefighters were hurt.

A Walmart employee who did not want to be identified told Channel 2 that when she saw the fire, she started yelling for people to get out of the store. "Just telling them, 'Come on! Let's go, we gotta go!'" she said. A portion of Hwy. 54 was shut down in both directions on Wednesday night so crews could run fire hoses across the road. Three Peachtree City police officers got too much smoke in their lungs while yelling for people to get out, officials say. They were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The extent of their injuries are unknown. One civilian was treated on the scene for a medical issue and was released. Police are now asking for witnesses to come forward. They say anyone who saw something suspicious should contact investigators immediately. cbs46.com

Lancaster, CA: Fire destroys Arrow Appliance, in business for 70 years
Arrow Appliance, a Lancaster institution for some 70 years, was consumed by a fire, early Tuesday morning. Owner Christy Savoie said the fire began sometime around 4:45 a.m., and was discovered by employees arriving at the store at 44932 Yucca Ave., at 5 a.m. They saw sparks flying and flagged down a sheriff's deputy, Savoie said, but the store was already engulfed in flames. Despite efforts of firefighters, the store is "a complete loss," she said. Firefighters told her it appears to be an electrical fire, starting either at the Southern California Edison pole or where the electricity connects to the outside of the building. avpress.com



C-Store - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Springfield, MO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Santa Venetia, CA- Armed Robbery
Dollar - Gainesville, FL - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Gaithersburg, MD -Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Oxon Hill, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Jacksonville, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Davenport, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Syracuse, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Lakeland, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Racine, WI - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Englewood, CO - Burglary
Restaurant - Navasota, TX - Burglary


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• 12 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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