INGLEWOOD, CA—“Retail Justice” is a social movement that is meant to prompt retail chains to open stores in underdeveloped areas as well as to share the wealth with retail workers—but in some charter cities, the plan may have gone awry.
Two Inglewood, California retail employees employed by stores that sit on Century Boulevard—directly across from each other—were arrested in early June. Both stores were brought into the small charter city of approximately nine square miles to help booster the economy.
Sonya Douglas Yates, 52, was stopped by IPD on Monday, June 2 at approximately 11 p.m. on the corner of Arbor Vitae Street and Fir Avenue. She was charged with two DUIs: one for driving with a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) in excess of 0.08 as well as an alcohol/drugs while driving. Total bail for the Costco Server employee was set at $10,000.
A few hours later, Uriel Vega, 23, was arrested by Inglewood Police Department (IPD) officers on Tuesday, June 3 at approximately 1:40 a.m. at the corner of Century Boulevard and Flower Street in Inglewood—just a block from where Yates had been arrested. The Los Angeles resident was charged with one warrant for possession of a controlled substance as well as two new similar charges and a jaywalking charge. The Target employee’s bail was set at $20,060.
Neither employee was given a discounted bail.