Walmart sends me a letter a year letter for payment?

Asked over 1 year ago - San Diego, CA

I have never been caught for stealing before and I don't remember stealing from walmart but yet they just sent me a letter exactly a year and 15 days later from the "incident" they said supposedly happened. They want me to pay $300! I am a college student and can't pay that. What should I do? Who do I call?

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How do I know if this is a civil or law suit? Also, I was NEVER stopped by any Walmart employee or security for stealing.

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  1. Greg Hagopian

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    Answered . Ignore the extortion demand.

  2. Richard Franklin Taub

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    Answered . You are under no legal obligation to pay Walmart's demand. Feel free to peruse our blog regarding petty theft and these demand letters.

    The information provided herein does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided is to... more
  3. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . A civil demand letter does not create an obligation to pay unless it is follow by a civil lawsuit which almost never happens.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  4. Jay Scott Finnecy

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    Answered . Ignore it. Better still, call them and tell 'em (politely) to POUND SAND.

    Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy (619) 855-3003 or (760) 522-7006 criminalattorneysd.com
  5. David Philip Shapiro

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    Answered . Ignore, but hold onto, the letter. If you do not truly recall this incident, you should have an attorney look into this for you.

    Law Offices of David Shapiro 3555 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 295-3555
  6. Mark Lawrence Deniz

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    Answered . A civil demand letter does not create an obligation to pay unless it is follow by a civil lawsuit. I would keep a file and see if anything else happens. If it does then you go from there. But otherwise, just keep a file.

  7. Rachel Elizabeth Wentworth

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    Answered . If they did not give you any contact information, I would contact Wal-mart's legal department. You do not have to pay this. If this is just a civil demand, they would still have to take you to court and prove their case in order to make you pay. It may be a case of mistaken identity. If do sue you, you may wish to consult with a civil defense attorney.

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