Obama CIO Stole Shirts From JC Penney

Kundra comes across as 'petty thief with bad taste in clothes'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 8:12 AM CDT
Obama CIO Stole Shirts From JC Penney
Customers walk by a J.C. Penney store in Peabody, Mass.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Days ago, it emerged that President Obama’s Chief Information Officer once pleaded guilty to theft; now the Business Insider comments on what Vivek Kundra stole: $134 worth of JC Penney shirts. “At an average of $33.50 a pop, they weren't even nice shirts, even in 1996 dollars” Eric Krangel writes. According to the police report, it took a “brief foot chase” to catch Kundra.

Kundra’s shoplifting isn’t a “youthful indiscretion,” as the administration put it, Owen Thomas writes at Gawker. “It's a signal note of Kundra's character—the foolish thought that something can be had for nothing.”
(Read more Obama administration stories.)

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