According to the spokesperson for Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, this was a situation of simple forgetfulness. Apparently, the Assemblywoman realized her mistake when she looked into her bag and saw the items she forgot to pay for. She was stopped by Neiman Marcus security shortly after leaving the store.
Assemblywoman Hayashi, who faces term limits at the end of her current term in the state assembly, is married to an Alameda Superior Court Judge.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley has been charged with felony grand theft after being caught on video surveillance allegedly shoplifting more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus store on Union Square, prosecutors say.
Hayashi, 45, who has served in the Assembly since 2006 – and is married to Alameda Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi – was arraigned Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court. She had earlier posted $15,000 bail.
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