I was recently caught shoplifting at Urban Outfitters (I KNOW I deeply regret it and it's not ever going to happen again). I don't remember the total amount of the items I tried to take. It could add up to about $50. They took me to the back room to sign a trespass paper stating I can't shop there for 3 years and then told me I'll be receiving a demand notice. I am 20 years old and a US resident.
I've seen around the internet that Palmer Reifler just annoys you with letters of increasing amount demand and threats and that if you ignore them, they will go away b/c they don't want to waste money sueing. I don't know how much they will demand from me but should I pay? I heard it's exploitation and a scam!
Retailers have legal authority under the Texas Theft Liability Act to pursue civil action against individuals who have been charged with theft. Do you need to pay it? The short answer is: no. You can probably ignore this letter and any other letters that they send to you. However, be sure that the demand letter is only that - a demand letter. If it merely threatens a potential lawsuit, it is a demand letter. If it includes language stating that "you have been sued" and "you have a deadline to respond to the suit", then it may be a filed lawsuit. If it is a filed lawsuit, it will include the specific court that has jurisdiction over the case.