What is the best way to handle a shoplifting incident?

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What is the best way to handle a shoplifting incident?

I’m really worried; I know shoplifting was absolutely retarded and stupid of me and I’m not going to do it again. I was home from college for a few days and I had absolutely no money but needed to get some make up as I had left it all at college. I put a few items in my bag and was caught for it. At first I tried to play dumb but then I was taken into a back room, emptied everything from my bag, was banned from the store, had my picture taken, and my information taken down. It was about $70 worth of merchandise.

Asked on June 13, 2011 under Criminal Law, New York

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You will receive a letter from the store demanding payment of an amount considerably more than the value of the items you took.  Most likely payment of the amount demanded will end the matter.


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