I was shopping at Platos closet. I went in fitting room to try on items. One wall is wire rack where u hang your clothes. There were 3 or 4 hangers on the wall and I threw them on top of a tote bag I was considering buying so I could hang my items. When I was done I opened the door and came was putting my things in cart. The asst mgr came up and said get the bag out of tgere and I handed it to her. She freaked out that hangers were in the bag. Completely wide open. And I explained the hangers were on the wall. She started yelling at me saying I am a thief. That get the f out and don't come back. I had things I was selling to the store. She only paid me for one buy when I had two. So I'm missing merchandise. And I took some to my car came in to get the rest and in front of about 30 people
Your question is a bit difficult to follow but there doesn't appear to be much of a case here based on the facts you stated. You can still consult with a local attorney to see what if anything may be done with a little more information than what was provided. Good luck.
You can always hire a lawyer to send the store a letter demanding an apology and to set the record straight about what happened. Definitely do not go in there again as they could have you arrested for trespassing. As for a lawsuit, slander is spoken defamation, libel is written defamation. For defamation, you have to prove to the court with evidence that you suffered economic damages. Imputing a crime to someone is defamation per so which means damages are assumed, but you still would have to prove the dollar amount to the court--the damages are for the loss of reputation i.e., someone testifying they did not do business with you because of this etc. Attorney's fees are not considered damages. Also, most lawyers want a retainer plus hourly fee. I would make a complaint with their corporate office.
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Without damages, a lawsuit would likely be fruitless. Put it behind you, and move on with your life.
This is not lawsuit waiting to be brought. Forget it; shop elsewhere. Life is full of misunderstandings that don't add up to anything.
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Doubt you will get very far with an attack on the store. Send them a letter and see if you can set down a time to talk.
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