Players: Elissa Drassinower, a 33-year-old Upper East Side stay-at-home mother; Howie Glickberg, CEO of Fairway Market, a 78-year-old grocery chain with locations on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Harlem and Upper West Side and Red Hook, Brooklyn
The Opening Serve: The New York Post reported yesterday that Fairway had banned Drassinower for shoplifting. "The security guard took my photograph, told me I was banned from Fairway for life and said I was lucky she didn't call the police," said Elissa Drassinower to the Post. "I was crying, my 20-month-old son was crying. It was humiliating." Drassinower said she had forgotten the milk and Corona beer she placed underneath her son's stroller because she was distracted. "If I really meant to shoplift, why would I pay for the $15 brie and the cranberry Stilton only to steal $3.49 milk?" The Post is reporting that Drassinower is still currently fighting the lifetime ban. "It was a harsh penalty for a mistake that could have happened to any parent," Drassinower said.
The Return Volley: Glickberg, Fairway's CEO, defended the store's lifetime ban yesterday to New York City station WPIX. "It's like jaywalking in New York, if you do it, whether you meant to do it or didn't mean to do it, you get a ticket for it, " said Glickberg in a report with surveillance video of Drassinower's transaction (or lack of one). And he's not reversing his decision anytime soon, "We cannot discriminate and say one person can't come back and the next person can come back," he told The Post in an article today.
Glickberg also called Drassinower's character into question. "She threatened ... to go to the press and that she was going to hire a lawyer," he said in the WPIX report. "If we would have had a call saying 'Hey I made a mistake..' I'm sure we could have worked it out." Glickberg went on to say that Drassinower should consider herself lucky that he did not have her arrested.
Drassinower refused an interview with WPIX at her luxury hi-rise apartment last night but still insists that she isn't a thief.