Can I be arrested for trespassing becausea loss prevention officertold me not to come back?

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Can I be arrested for trespassing becausea loss prevention officertold me not to come back?

This LP at a store has been harassing me and following me around the store. I explained to some friends while in the store he had been following me. When they looked at him, he took my friends and I over and said I revealed his ID. He, and only he, told us that we couldn’t come back to the store  without being arrested for trespassing. He has no information about me, not even my name. I signed no papers. What will be the consequences if I go back to the store and run into the same guy?

Asked on November 7, 2011 under General Practice, North Carolina

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have been harassed by this loss prevention officer while you were shopping, you need to speak with someone in charge of the management at the store where you were so as to make a specific complaint about this person.

You have the right to go back to the store unless you have been expressly forbidden to enter it for some actual wrong caused by you. Trespass is an unauthorized entry into the lands or property of another. Stores which are trying to sell merchandise invite the general public to their premises to buy items.

I have no idea what the consequences will be if you return to the store that you were told not to return to. If you wish to return, you may and see what the result will be.


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