Eyman, with videographer, attempts to pay for stolen chair

Calls incident a ‘total mistake’
By Brandon Gustafson | Feb 27, 2019
Tim Eyman

The curious case of the office chair and Tim Eyman got even more strange last week, as the initiative promoter, along with a videographer, returned to the Office Depot in Lacey to pay for the chair he’s accused of stealing.

Eyman, the conservative initiative promoter known for repeated attempts at capping vehicle tab fees at $30, entered an Office Depot in Lacey on Feb. 13, where surveillance footage shows him taking an office chair to his car.

Eyman released a statement through his attorneys last Tuesday, saying he took the chair to his car and returned to the store with the intention of paying for it, but got distracted by a phone call from a lawyer who said he would represent Eyman for free in his ongoing legal battle with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Surveillance footage shows Eyman sitting in the  chair at the front of the store, spinning in it a few times, and wheeling it outside. He then returned into the store and purchased two printers and some paper, police records show.

Several media outlets across the state picked up the story on Feb. 15 while Eyman, who says he was in Florida on vacation, denied stealing the chair, calling the incident a misunderstanding.

Ferguson’s office is suing Eyman for over $2 million, and to prevent Eyman from managing, controlling, negotiating or directing financial transactions of any kind for any political committee in the future.

Eyman filed for bankruptcy and divorce in late 2018, citing the legal battle with Ferguson and ever-increasing attorney fees.

An attorney for the city of Lacey told The Beacon the city will be filing charges against Eyman for the theft of the chair.

Last Wednesday, Eyman returned to the store with a videographer to try to either pay for the chair or return it, saying it was the first opportunity he had to attempt to fix the situation since he returned to the state.

“I thought I had paid for everything,” Eyman said, speaking to the camera. “Found out on Friday that I ended up not. Total mistake. Didn’t mean to do it. Wasn’t intentional.”

The store’s manager told Eyman that he couldn’t record anything in the store, and that he couldn’t return or pay for the chair as it was being investigated by police.

Later in the video, Eyman then goes to the Lacey Police Department, where officers tell him to leave the chair as evidence. Eyman apologizes for the situation calling it a “screw up.”

Eyman later returns to the Office Depot, where he purchases a new chair and paid to have it assembled.

The video, which is on YouTube, has just over 8,000 views, and has nearly 100 more “dislikes” or “thumbs down” than likes.

The comments aren’t too kind to Eyman, either.

“I'm surprised at how un-funny this is considering what hilarious jokes Tim Eyman's initiatives are,” one commenter wrote.

“This might be the dumbest video on YouTube,” another one wrote. “You stole and got caught, Tim. You can't go back and erase it and nobody believes it was an accident even if it really was. That's the first excuse a lying thief gives.”

The video is online at bit.ly/2H1iSvD.

 

 

 

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