Anders Lindström, the chief executive of Stockholm Public Transport, was ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 HKD at a Hong Kong court yesterday after being convicted of stealing a designer credit card holder at the Chek Lap Kok airport.
Lindström, 60, was suspended from his job and removed from his post as a director of Stockholm County Council’s transport administration after being arrested at the airport on May 5, when he was caught walking out of the Salvaore Ferragam outlet on the sixth floor of Terminal One with a 2,400 HKD credit card holder that he hadn’t paid for.
The transport executive pleaded guilty to one count of theft at the Tsuen Wan Court.
Lindström had been in Hong Kong to meet with officials from the MTR Corporation, the operator of the Stockholm metro, according to AFP. Before yesterday’s trial, he told Swedish media that he’d gone into the shop to buy a present for his wife, and “forgot” to pay for the wallet after pocketing it on his way out.
He added: “I am accepting the consequences and paying my fines. It’s not like I am urging people to steal.”
The remark came amid a flurry of comments on social media comparing the transport exec’s sticky fingers with the Stockholm Public Transport’s crackdown on free-riding.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
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