Ok, I will admit that Portland's woke administration and criminal justice system has been a little permissive on crime (wink wink). But that's no reason for REI to leave the city. I honestly think it's because they're racist.
Criminals are people, too. To those that think Brandon's new warmer approach to law enforcement is going to hurt Chicago retail, I say...stop being close-minded. As Obama famously remarked in 2015, "if you've got a business, you didn't build that". The point is that just because you have something in a store doesn't mean it's yours to sell.
There are folks who belong to social clubs (Gangster Disciples, for instance) who have a righteous claim to your merchandise too. So remember to give generously.