I live in Canada.
I was really stupid and kept hitting up 3 of the same chain store in my city. I know this is stupid and completely killed my chances of success but I got caught up in a lot of bad decisions motivated by low self esteem and shoplifting made me feel like I was successful at something and it became an addiction and I lost all common sense.
Last week I was in the store this young guy kept watching me. I know he thought he was being lowkey but seriously, I could tell because every time I glanced up he was in my line of sight, looking at products a man of his age and dress doesn't look at (ladies purses, ladies shoes etc). I thought I lost him and quickly tossed the things I wanted in my bag in a place I thought was a decent blind spot (used it many times a success) But after moving around the store a couple of times it was fairly obvious he was LP. I doubled back to home goods area and dumped all the stuff as quickly as I could. I thought about leaving the whole bag since it was only to stash the goods. But anxiety kicked in and I decided to empty out instead as the empty bag would be evidence so I regretfully did this all in plain view of the cameras. Ugh.
After emptying I tried to lead him around the store elsewhere to confuse him so I could quickly leave but I he must of been teaming with somebody somwhere watching the cameras because when I made a quick exit, he was out of sight but then as I was just steps from the final door I heard somebody say "HEY!" loudly from behind me.
He never touched me but came right in front of me and said "I saw you put that stuff in your purse. I was half expecting him to come after me so I just replied "Excuse me?" But then he said "I have pictures of you at all of my stores. You are BANNED from this store, all of the stores, permanently!" and at that point it registered with me the gig was up.
Not knowing how to respond. And faking my own innocence to make myself feel less humiliation, I said "I'd like to know your full name sir" (Acting as if I was going to make a complaint later) but he just glared at me and so I angrily repeated myself, trying to scare him somehow but he just started walked away and quickly disappeared back into the store.
I turned around to see if himself or anybody else was watching from inside or coming, but it was hard to tell due to reflection on glass doors. Then suddenly I realized time was of the most importance and I needed to just book it out of there. So I hastily walked to my car (STUPIDLY I parked with my plate facing the door in the closest lot) and took off. That was on Friday..
I'm done with shoplifting, it'd be too anxiety riddled now that I've been "caught". Im confused though and wondering if anybody here thinks anything further might happen?
I honestly don't know why he didn't try to detain me (I had no items on me but he told me he knew me from being on camera -he didn't make any accusations -just said he had pictures of me from other stores)
and why he didn't just follow me to my vehicle or watch to try to get my plates. May I have gotten lucky and maybe he was inexperienced LP? He was young in his mid 20s, maybe
I am however worried that maybe if there is a parking lot camera that they can get my plates off of that. I left as quickly as I can but I've been bugging out the past 3 days wondering if the cops are going to show up. I should say I was not driving my own vehicle, but a family member who I live with. If contacted by cops and asked about who was driving their car, I know they would rat me out so I feel very on edge..
Has anybody had any similar situations? Im hoping the banning from the store and not attempting to detain me means I may of gotten off this time. Or should I be worried?