Is it legal for the store security to follow me onto secured property after the item

was immediately returned?

I forgot I had something in my hand and left Kohl’s with an almost empty tester for perfume. I was by the store security and returned the item immediately. I was chased onto HOA secured property. They were following and harassing me at the same time. The entered my condo building and followed me up the stairs. It was not until I called the police and they saw 2 of my neighbors coming down the stairs that they retreated to the security door. They were told they were on private property and asked to leave.

Asked on December 16, 2018 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

They had at least the same right to follow you that any person would have had--which is to say they could follow you wherever you went, as long as they did break into or force their way into private property, and if they otherwise entered privarte property left when told they had to, which they did. They do not appear to have done anything legally wrong.


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