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Pro-Trump Republican aiming to unseat Ilhan Omar charged with felony theft

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  1. [6]
    alyaza
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    although this is an ostensibly political story, i'm really more amused by details of the crime aspect: like, come on now. even elementary common sense should tell you that you're not going to get...

    although this is an ostensibly political story, i'm really more amused by details of the crime aspect:

    Stella is accused of stealing 279 items valued at $2,327.97 from a Target store in Edina, to the south-west of Minneapolis, on 8 January this year. She was arrested for the alleged theft after security staff called the police.

    A criminal complaint filed to Hennepin county district court alleged Stella was seen leaving the store without paying for most of her haul, after “scanning only a few other items” that were valued at about $50.
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    Officers in nearby Bloomington then arrested Stella on 28 April after she was allegedly seen by security staff at a Cub Foods grocery store stealing a bottle of tick spray for cats, and placing other items “under her purse so that they could not be seen”.

    like, come on now. even elementary common sense should tell you that you're not going to get away with that much, nor should you be trying to steal more stuff nearby any time after trying to get away with that much if you really insist on doing that again.

    12 votes
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        nic
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        she is quoted on her site as saying from the article above So this is her second felony charge? People make her anxious? That is her defense? And she is running for congress? You could not make...

        she is quoted on her site as saying

        "Every American in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District deserves honorable and respectable representation."

        from the article above

        Court records say that in 2009, Stella pleaded guilty to driving while impaired from alcohol and fleeing a police officer. The latter charge was prosecuted as a felony but later classified as a gross misdemeanour as part of Stella’s plea.

        So this is her second felony charge?

        The complaint said Stella told police in a statement she “remembers arriving at Target to purchase items but nothing else” due to post-traumatic stress disorder, and that she “normally she goes to Target with someone because of anxiety around people”.

        People make her anxious? That is her defense? And she is running for congress? You could not make that up.

        8 votes
        1. SunSpotter
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          Apparently people make her so anxious she doesn't remember committing crimes that total up to felony offenses. Prime office material, I'm sure.

          Apparently people make her so anxious she doesn't remember committing crimes that total up to felony offenses. Prime office material, I'm sure.

          4 votes
      2. Parliament
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        Projection has defined the last few years of American politics to me.

        Projection has defined the last few years of American politics to me.

        2 votes
    2. NaraVara
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      I think part of the deal with pathological disorders (like kleptomania) is that you get a rush out of getting away with things that you know you shouldn't. It's why compulsive liars make up absurd...

      I think part of the deal with pathological disorders (like kleptomania) is that you get a rush out of getting away with things that you know you shouldn't. It's why compulsive liars make up absurd nonsense instead of more prosaic, believable lies. There is no "thrill" in getting away with it if you're unlikely to get caught. Elevating the risk of getting caught is the point, they're trying to ride just on the edge.

      5 votes
    3. ViV
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      The article doesn't say how many shopping trips that was over. If I'm not mistaken, Target's MO is to flag shoplifters, and then collect tape of them stealing until they've stolen enough goods for...

      The article doesn't say how many shopping trips that was over. If I'm not mistaken, Target's MO is to flag shoplifters, and then collect tape of them stealing until they've stolen enough goods for it to be a felony theft charge. They're apparently some of the most diligent and punitive security out there.

      4 votes
  2. rkcr
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    I used to live in Ilhan Omar's district. In case anyone's wondering, the district is extremely blue and there is no chance of Danielle Stella winning. Any Republican who wants to run for office in...

    I used to live in Ilhan Omar's district. In case anyone's wondering, the district is extremely blue and there is no chance of Danielle Stella winning.

    Any Republican who wants to run for office in that district has to be a little nuts because the chances of them winning are basically zero. Stella appears to have taken the "must be crazy to run" part too literally.

    5 votes
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    Hypersapien
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    What's sad is that I'm not even remotely surprised that a pro-Trump candidate would be this immoral or this short-sighted as to think that blatantly shoplifting like that wouldn't affect her campaign.

    What's sad is that I'm not even remotely surprised that a pro-Trump candidate would be this immoral or this short-sighted as to think that blatantly shoplifting like that wouldn't affect her campaign.

    3 votes
    1. ubergeek
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      It won't affect her campaign. We just elected Chris Collins back into office, while under indictment for insider trading, on national TV.

      It won't affect her campaign.

      We just elected Chris Collins back into office, while under indictment for insider trading, on national TV.

      4 votes
  4. Algernon_Asimov
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    Anxiety around people, you say? Sure. I believe you. Why wouldn't I?

    she “normally she goes to Target with someone because of anxiety around people”.

    Anxiety around people, you say? Sure. I believe you. Why wouldn't I?

    She later spoke at the “Demand Free Speech” rally in Washington.

    3 votes
  5. babypuncher
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    When Republicans send people, they're not sending their best.

    When Republicans send people, they're not sending their best.

    5 votes
  6. AlarmedConflict
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    Lmao this is the same chick that believes in the QAnon BS right ? I’m not surprised

    Lmao this is the same chick that believes in the QAnon BS right ? I’m not surprised

    3 votes