When there’s an emergency in the American South, FEMA will deploy what’s been labeled “The Waffle House Index,” an informal metric to measure the severity of a natural disaster, particularly hurricanes. It is based on the resilience of Waffle House restaurants, with a fully operational Waffle House indicating a relatively mild impact, while closures or limited operations suggest more severe conditions.
In California, we might have to create an In-and-Out Index, one that measures how bad crime has gotten based on whether or not the company, which has never before closed a store, ends its service in an area due to crime.
So far, the index has risen to one. CNN reports, “In-N-Out is permanently closing one of its restaurants for the first time ever, announcing that its Oakland location will soon shutter because of rampant crime in the California city.
The burger chain said in a statement that ‘despite taking repeated steps to create safer conditions, our customers and associates are regularly victimized by car break-ins, property damage, theft, and armed robberies.’
The location, which has been open for nearly two decades, will close on March 24. It’s the city’s only In-N-Out and is near the airport.”
The Daily Mail described the chaos that has come to the City of Oakland in the aftermath of liberal policies on crime, labeling the area the most dangerous square mile in the United States.
‘We are f***ed,’ an exasperated police officer candidly declares as he patrols a Chevron gas station in Oakland, California, during the morning rush.
The spot is one of three gas stations that surround Oakland Airport and which have become notorious for vehicle thefts. Within a single square mile, cops claim criminals strike a dozen times or more per day, every day, mainly targeting victims who are headed to and from the airport.
He was referring, in his words, to the ‘restrictive’ policies passed by city and state lawmakers which mean police officers can’t even pursue the thieves because smash-and-grab theft is a ‘nonviolent crime’.
‘We can’t do a car chase on nonviolent crime,’ he told DailyMail.com from the seat of his police cruiser. ‘I can go behind the cars and try and turn on my lights, but why would they stop?’
Smash and grab at the In-N-Out Burger in Oakland California in 2023. One of many occurrences. pic.twitter.com/b26qOcFV0z
— In-N-Out Burger ᶠᵃⁿ (@innoutburger_) January 22, 2024
Newsweek wrote, “Oakland is often considered a cheaper alternative to San Francisco for artists and young professionals. It has reported a rise in homelessness since COVID-19, with the number of unhoused people swelling by more than 1,000 since 2020, as reported by The New York Times.
Crime rates have also risen since the pandemic. Oakland’s branch of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) wrote a letter to the city’s politicians last July urging them to tackle ‘our intolerable public safety crisis that overwhelmingly impacts minority communities.”
The letter spoke of ‘murders, shootings, violent armed robberies, home invasions, car break-ins, sideshows, and highway shootouts’ having become ‘a pervasive fixture of life in Oakland.’
NeighborhoodScout is a website and online database that provides crime, lifestyle, school performance and real-estate information about all neighborhoods across the U.S. It says that Oakland has one of the highest crime rates in the country ‘compared to all communities of all sizes, from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.'”
In-and-Out owns over 285 restaurants throughout the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas.