I was at Walmart with a friend, we were in the electronics department; I was looking at movies while he was looking at memory cards. When I met up with him, he was debating on two prices, so I checked the barcode on the product & the shelf peg to make sure it was correct. I then turned to the movie bin behind him. He asked if I was ready to go. I asked if he picked a card, he said he put it back. LP stopped us on the way out, grabbed him,he ran. I asked what was going on & the lady said "you should know you were right beside him." I didn't know anything so I cooperated, went into the room with her,still wouldn't tell me what was going on. My friend came in, said I didn't have to be in there,we left. I was arrested, charged with shoplifting. I had no idea he took anything. Can I sue WalmartI also lost my job due to being arrested and staying the night in jail. I had a work at-home position that required 100% attendance during the 3 week training period and because this happened on a Monday (start of the work week), I lost my job.
You could try to sue anyone, but I don't see how you could win such a suit. Stores can detain people, plus you say you went willingly.
They can detain you because they had a reasonable belief that you might be involved in shoplifting, even if you had no unpaid merchandise on you. Two people can collude to shoplift with only one person taking merchandise. Focus on getting your criminal charges thrown out, and I would not suggest pursuing a civil suit against Wal-Mart, which would likely be deemed frivolous.
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You can still be charged with shoplifting under the facts that you gave, unfortunately. Loss prevention had reasonable suspicion that you were engaged in shoplifting, and detained you based on that. A suit against Wal Mart for doing something that they reasonably believed they had a right to do, especially when there are criminal charges against you pending, would be fruitless.
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