Hayashi, represented by attorney, skips court appearance Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Nov 16, 2011 at 6:41 am
A state assemblywoman accused of shoplifting at a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco's Union Square in October did not appear in court for a hearing today and was excused from appearing at the next hearing in December. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, was arrested on Oct. 25 after a security officer at the store at 150 Stockton Street stopped her.
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Posted by john tanner, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2011 at 6:41 am
Oh sure, our highly accomplished state legislator was so distracted that she violated protocol by putting clothes in a bag rather than put them down or keep them on her arm for trying them on, and then a cell phone call distracted her so much that she unknowingly walked outside with the contraband.
Most people would feel like criminals to step outside a store merchandise without paying. And how does one even get close enough to the front door at the Neiman Marcus with clothes that are found deep in the interior and on floors above, all of which have nearby cashiers.
This woman should be treated like a bank robber by our system.
Posted by LMP, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2011 at 7:03 am
She went into the store with an empty bag- premeditation. I wonder how many times she has gotten away with this. It's really a crime when some poor girl from Antioch gets the book thrown at her for stealing a lipstick and Ms Hayashi can get a high priced attorney to say it was a "mistake" to walk out with $2400 of merchandise. I sure hope that equal justice prevails.
Posted by Tony, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2011 at 7:19 am
The problem with our one-party system in the Bay Area is that some politicians really feel they are entitled and can do as they please. The adage "power corrupts" applies here in spades. Her excuse is absurd, coming in with a large bag and "accidently" walking out with $2400.00 of merchandise. Already justice is not being served with waived appearances; they would simply be too embarrassing.
Posted by Derek, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:24 am
Maybe she hasn't been in politics long enough to collect a lot of palm-greasing lobbyists. Poor thing. Surely you silly people don't expect her to shoplift at Walmart, do you? You want her looking her best when she appears before the Assembly, right? And it can happen to almost anyone. Why, I almost accidentally walked out of Circuit City once with a 48" flat screen in my man purse.
Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:59 am
Yes, Ms. Hayashi took an empty bag into the N-M store, and filled it with the clothes while inside a dressing room. So the "it just slipped my mind" excuse is not too valid. We'll see if she is punished comparably to other first-offenders. (Even if it is likely that this is not the first time that she has shoplifted...) I'm not holding my breath, though!
Posted by Informed resident, a resident of another community, on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:27 am
This will be an interesting one to watch unfold. Aside from the conspiracy theories of some, I hope she gets treated as anyone of us would be. No special privileges nor any special punishment (if convicted).