Can a store to hold a minor when they did not do anything wrong?
1 attorney answer
Yes, most likely the store acted legally. I would want to know how long the 16-year old was held, but it has to be a "reasonable" amount of time. A shopkeeper has a privilege detain people they have probable cause to believe committed retail theft. If the store had probable cause to believe your child participated in the damaging of their property, then they have a defense to any false imprisonment claims you might make. As for being banned for two years, they are a private business, and they can refuse to admit anyone they want.
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