A store in Beverly Hills has started other shop owners down a path of changing their mask policies. The owners of Kitson, which is located on Robertson Boulevard, says they’re cracking down on masks, but not in the way you think.
They say they’ve noticed a string of robberies in the area all, with people who are masked. Compounding the issue is the fact some masked individuals come into the store to harass, and even physically assault others. Employees have said it’s become very difficult to identify people when reporting them to the police. That, mixed with the volume of robberies going up in the area, has them on high alert.
“You have to have the awareness and understand the motivation, or at least the signs of somebody who is planning to steal,” Santos Hemenway, an employee at Kitson, said. “I used to be a little more lax, but now, I’ve got to be on all guards. It’s definitely changed in the last in the last year so.”
For those who may still want to shop wearing a mask, owners encourage patrons to make an appointment to do so online.
Masks are still highly recommended in Los Angeles County.