Andrew Francis Lippi (59) is accused of stealing about $300 worth of goods from a Kmart department store in Key West, Florida Police say

 

Andrew Francis Lippi (59) is accused of stealing about $300 worth of goods from a Kmart department store in Key West, Florida Police say. Lippi made news a day earlier when he bought the well-known Thompson Island, for approximately $8 million. He denied the allegations and blamed it on a “commercial dispute.”

The items allegedly stolen included light bulbs and a Hamilton Beach coffee maker. Store employees told police that Lippi originally purchased the coffee machine and returned to the store to return it and was given a refund. Kmart employees then noticed the returned box contained just a basketball, according to police.

Lippi was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of grand theft of $300 to under $5,000. His court appearance is set for April 18th, the Miami Herald reported.

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The lavish island compound features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a caretaker’s cottage, a four-car garage and views of the Atlantic Ocean, according to an online listing, the NY Post reports.

If convicted, Lippi may fall under some fairly common rich person syndromes. It goes something like this: They spend insane amounts and at the same time steal a few items because they felt that given they had spent so much money, they were entitled to freebies.

The Post writes  “It’s often the best customers who steal the most”, quoting a former Macy’s manager. .Some of the rich spenders steal because they think they are entitled to the stolen items because they spent so much money.  Retailers vary in their approach to theft. The ex-Macy’s boss said she was wary of pinching the wrong pilferer. “It could be a producer, a celebrity, some big-time lawyer,” she said. “So you don’t want to attack them or wrongly accuse them.”

Examples of rich people involved in shoplifting efforts include:

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards was arrested for allegedly stealing $600 worth of items from a Target in California. Richards pleaded no contest to  the shoplifting charge. and was sentenced to community service and mandatory AA attendance.

Kim Richards

Lindsay Lohan pleaded “no contest” for nicking a $2,500 necklace from a Venice Beach jewelry store in 2011.

Lindsay Lohan

 

Actress Winona Ryder was charged in 2001 for stealing $5,500 worth of clothing and handbags — she purchased four items but hid another 20 in her bag and clothes.

Winona Ryder

 

We think rich people sometimes shoplift for adventure and excitement. We also feel that anxiety and mind-altering chemicals often impair the actor’s decisions. These are often not bad people. Abe Lincoln reportedly walked a mile to return a penny he over-charged a customer– he also supported slavery at one time. Everyone has flaws at some points in their lives.

One comment

  1. 👍 I thought the story nicely contrasts the “have’s” from the “have nots” and how people have similar drives regardless of economic status.

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