A Hawaiian news source says state Sen. Leland Yee is a questionable mayoral candidate because of his shoplifting arrest in 1992.
Yee was arrested for shoplifting and then skipped his court date over the alleged pilfering. A Freedom of Information Act request by the Hawaii Reporter revealed the California state senator was arrested at a Kona store for allegedly slipping a bottle of suntan oil under his shirt and then walking out. According to the online newspaper, Yee was confronted by a security guard and explained he was just showing the bottle to his wife, who was waiting outside.
Despite that seemingly plausible story, Yee was arrested by the local cops. However, his $25 bail was eventually forfeited and the case was dismissed. The article goes on to suggest that despite this turn of events, there is a clear issue with Yee taking charge of The City.
“He will oversee the police force if elected mayor of San Francisco,” the article says.