First of all, eating their food without paying is theft. You don't say whether or not criminal charges have been filed against you. If not, you are very lucky. Using "frank" instead of "Franco" is easily fixed. This will not prevent the from easily correcting it. They are allowed a statutory civil penalty that they can sue you for. Paying this cannot be used against you in the criminal case.
Last of all- don't ever put your real name out on the Internet like this!!!!! If the wrong person sees your post, you will be arrested and this post will be used as evidence.
Best idea? Pay the money right now and hope that nobody at the store saw your confession here.
Walmart has a right to sue you for civil theft, however it's unlikely they will. No one can advise you whether to pay the $450 or not, that is a decision you and your parents have to make.
They usually only go after around $200 or $250 for the civil penalty, not $450. The statute says they can get a minimum of $200. You can probably talk them down.
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Wal-mart has a right to sue you under a statute providing a civil remedy for theft (i.e. civil theft). The fact they got your name wrong is largely insignificant. If you were not arrested, that's a good thing. If you hire a lawyer to represent you, the letters will stop coming.
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All this over M & M's? $450.00 seems like a lot of money!
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Dont use your real name online. That said contact an attorney for free advice. You and/or the attorney maybe be to resolve this. That $450.00 sounds kind of high though