Popular restaurant Denny’s permanently shut down its restaurant in Oakland, California, following a high crime rate in the blue city.
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According to reports, a statement released by the restaurant cited safety concerns as the reason for its closure. Denny’s thanked customers and staff for their service and patronage throughout the 54 years it had been in operation. The statement also added that staff members at the Oakland location would be offered positions at other branches, including Emeryville and Hayward.
According to Daily Caller, It is the first time the restaurant chain has been forced to close down one of its branches.
The decision comes after a popular burger chain, In-N-Out, recently announced it would close its Oakland location in March due to rising crime in the city.
The outlet also reports that businesses in downtown Oakland have hired private security and asked employees to stay indoors as crime in the city soars.
Daily Mail reports that the city has had robbery crimes up to 37% every year. Burglary crimes were up 24%, and motor vehicle theft rose to 45%.
As a result of this, those who live and work in the city do not feel safe. Violent crimes have also increased by 21% in 12 months.
According to Daily Wire, the Oakland National Association For The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Cynthia Adams, on behalf of the Oakland NAACP chapter, blasted the city leaders and called for a state of emergency over the city’s crime crisis.
“Oakland residents are sick and tired of our intolerable public safety crisis that overwhelmingly impacts minority communities,” Adams said. “Murders, shootings, violent armed robberies, home invasions, car break-ins, sideshows, and highway shootouts have become a pervasive fixture of life in Oakland.”
The chapter also noted that people are moving out of Oakland and are afraid to leave their homes. They also argued that Oakland needs 500 more police officers than it currently has and that the criminals are aware that the 911 system is not effective.