Walmart sends me a letter a year letter for payment?

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?

San Diego, CA -

Attorney Answers (7)

Greg Hagopian

Greg Hagopian

Criminal Defense Attorney - Visalia, CA
Answered

Ignore the extortion demand.

Richard Franklin Taub

Richard Franklin Taub

Criminal Defense Attorney - Sherman Oaks, CA
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.

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Michael Charles Doland

Michael Charles Doland

Business Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

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

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Jay Scott Finnecy

Jay Scott Finnecy

Criminal Defense Attorney - Vista, CA
Answered

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

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David Philip Shapiro

David Philip Shapiro

Criminal Defense Attorney - San Diego, CA
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.

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Mark Lawrence Deniz

Mark Lawrence Deniz

Criminal Defense Attorney - San Diego, CA
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.

Rachel Elizabeth Wentworth

Rachel Elizabeth Wentworth

Criminal Defense Attorney - Chesapeake, VA
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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