Have you heard about the sticky-fingered socialite wannabe here in New York? If you haven’t, read on as it may amuse you.
Recently, he has been arrested on charges of identity theft and pilfering credit cards. Apparently, he is an “obsessive shoplifter” who steals everything from an $11,000 Hermes Birkin bag to $1.99 gummy bears. His name is Andrew Parker, the owner of now-shuttered Madison Avenue boutique A.S. Parker. He has been charged with grand larceny and ID theft.
According from a former friend of Parker, he would shoplift groceries every day, would buy jackets and clothes for around $50 from stores like H&M and Zara and resell them for as much as $6,000 after sewing in his label. He has been described as obsessed with Gotham’s moneyed elite as he badly wanted to be one of the socialites. In reality the friend confessed, he never really had more than $8,000 in savings.
Police reports even details of an arrest when Parker — a fixture on the Manhattan socialite scene — allegedly purchased an $11,000 Hermes Birkin bag in June using a stolen AmEx credit card and spent $4,422 at an upscale Upper East Side boutique Scoop East in April. He has already been arrested twice and was in jail for allegedly using credit cards that weren’t his. Another friend paid his $20,000 bail as he was charged with grand larceny and seven counts of identity theft. To top it all off, he was sued J.P.Morgan Chase and by American Express for $200,000 in unpaid platinum card bills as well as fur wholesaler: LeGar for $20,000.
Who would want to be in his shoes?