Boba Guys in SF Suffers Another Break-In For the THIRD Time in a Row This Year

A Boba Guys store in the Mission District of San Francisco was broken into on Monday night for the third time this year.

Andrew Chau, the co-founder of the boba chain, posted a photo of the shop along with videos showing the piles of shattered glass surrounding the front of the building.

Although nothing was stolen from the shop, the owners must now pay to fix the shop windows for the third time.

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It was less than a month ago, on October 13, when the store was burgled in the early hours of the morning by thieves who smashed the windows of the shop and took off with the cash box, Mission Local reported. They also experienced another break-in earlier in June.

 

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We just had our third break-in in SF this year. Another broken window which we will board up immediately. Seems like we’ve seen a lot of boarded up windows and empty storefronts these days. . We are known for our transparency and empathy, so here’s an official statement. People, especially other small businesses, wanted us to speak out more since the last break in. We all know property crimes are skyrocketing in SF. We are turning into Gotham with the jokers taking over the city. . Our system is broken. Going after one criminal isn’t going to fix the larger issue. We all know about the growing divide between the Have and Have Nots— in SF, in LA, and many major cities with massive income disparity. . It’s funny, because as a lower-middle income kid from an immigrant family, I’ve always identified with the Have Nots. I still do. We do not antagonize others for our problems. The cops are doing all they can. We know SF leaders are trying to address it as well. It’s not for the lack of initiative or effort. . As entrepreneurs, we are into solutions. Irl, there is no Batman. We will likely put up metal gates which we know landlords and residents don’t like. It is what it is. I’ve proposed radical ideas like CCTV that drive up accountability in this city, but we will see where that goes. We know there’s sensitivity around cashless stores— looks good right now. 🤷🏻‍♂️ . With every break-in, it is creating a new normal. The new norm leads to a more vigilant generation, less sympathetic to larger systemic issues. It will then lead to a downward spiral of Prisoner’s Dilemma where no one trusts each other and we are stuck in a dance of finger-pointing and victimhood. . SF is a shell of what it used to be— I’m a local, son of a retired Muni bus operator and Pacific Bell call center representative. I’ve seen this city transform into Gotham and it makes me sad. It’s time for radical solutions that think long term. . It’s time we take our city back. You’ll see us wearing the cape made out of our paper napkins and bamboo boba straw in our utility belt. A little boba shop can stir shit up. We did it for an industry… we are sure we can do it for a city. 🖤🙏🏼💪🏼

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Chau has released an official statement on his Instagram account, comparing the city of San Francisco to “Gotham” and stating that it was “time we take our city back.”

“People, especially other small businesses, wanted us to speak out more since the last break in. We all know property crimes are skyrocketing in SF,” the co-founder wrote.

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“Our system is broken. Going after one criminal isn’t going to fix the larger issue. We all know about the growing divide between the Have and Have Nots— in SF, in LA, and many major cities with massive income disparity.

“It’s funny, because as a lower-middle income kid from an immigrant family, I’ve always identified with the Have Nots. I still do. We do not antagonize others for our problems. The cops are doing all they can. We know SF leaders are trying to address it as well. It’s not for the lack of initiative or effort.”

According to Chau, the store will likely have to put up metal gates and has proposed the idea of setting up CCTV cameras in the area.

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“With every break-in, it is creating a new normal. The new norm leads to a more vigilant generation, less sympathetic to larger systemic issues,” he said.

“It will then lead to a downward spiral of Prisoner’s Dilemma where no one trusts each other and we are stuck in a dance of finger-pointing and victimhood.”

Since he published the statement to his Instagram account, Chau has been praised for his positive outlook and reaction to a repetition of events.

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“You’ll see us wearing the cape made out of our paper napkins and bamboo boba straw in our utility belt. A little boba shop can stir shit up,” he wrote. “We did it for an industry… we are sure we can do it for a city.”

Feature Image via @chaumeleon (Left, Right)

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