Submitted by ltullos28 in axolotl (edited )

ok so full disclosure i haven't ever been caught taking anything actually but ive done a lot for research just in case so i can still help. in the event they catch you it really depends on that stores policy. most will let you walk out even if they do see you and I'll get to what happens with that later. in stores that don't they might get in your way by blocking the exit. at this point they'll definitely ask for the product back and might also ask for id and for you to go to the back room. never do either of these especially go into the back room, once you do it's over. the best tactic at that point is to shove the product you stole into their hands and while they're distracted with you suddenly handing it over, make a run for it. always park a parking lot over so they can't get your license plate.

now for if they pursue action after the fact. a lot of places won't even do this even if they see you, but if they do they will almost always either issue a police report or a civil demand. if a police report is issued it depends on how much information they got on you and if you were smart it should be nothing other than gender, rough age, build, and clothing. if you get a civil demand it's basically them asking you to pay a certain amount of money so they don't press charges, it's not criminal unless you don't pay and they then decide to press charges. I heard they sometimes don't take action if you don't pay, but that gamble is up to you. remember, they can't do either of those if they don't get your information, so your best course of action is to never show your face their again. as far as i know all this information is accurate but anyone is free to correct me :)

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GoodOldWorkingClass wrote (edited )

In civil demand letters, many jurisdictions have laws that prohibit them from threatening criminal charges if you don't pay (just like collection agencies are prohibited by law from telling you that you'll go to jail if you don't pay up -- because that's a lie).

In any case, criminal charges are not the store's to file. That is up to the district attorney. Example: if your area has a statute of limitations on petty theft, say six months, and that time has passed, then it doesn't matter what is said in the standard civil demand letter. District Attorney's office can't charge you.

As a rule, treat civil demand letters just like collection agency letters: they're demands for payment, coated in lies, mostly empty threats, and misinformation. Their goal is to scare you into paying, of course. The people behind them have no interest in you knowing your rights and knowing the truth. That would defeat their purpose.

And finally, for them to send you a civil demand letter, they would need your name and address. The only way for them to get any of that is for you to cooperate with LP. Don't give yourself up. Think about what's worse: them calling the cops on you without having any info other than what you're wearing, or them having your name, your ID, and knowing where you live. With all that info, they can blackmail you until the end of time.

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Demona wrote

Reminds me of a question I've been meaning to find out clarification on. I was caught once, and they demanded my ID, and said if I didn't have one that they would call police. I know that its illegal to lie about identity to police; is there any other loophole to that sort of scenario ? I ultimately didn't have charges pressed or anything and they were nice to me and we were laughing and joking by the time I was out of there but it would be helpful to know more about that.

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theremedyman wrote

I use not to self on signal private messenger to store a picture of my fake ID. I do this thinking that I'll show it to them in hopes of appeasing them but if they then call cops the cop won't be able to see it

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