My daughter age 19 was caught shoplifting at WalMart. The product was less than $25. It was recovered by the store and could still be sold no damage. They didn't contact police and she didn't sign anything. They just looked at her DL. Told her she didn't owe anything and could leave with the merchandise she had purchased. She asked if she could buy the item and they refused.
Today we received a Civil Demand letter from a law firm for $100. She was told nothing would happen and she owed nothing. She wasn't told there would be anything sent. I have done research and realize retailers can ask for this money. I actually understand why they ask. My daughter was scared to death as she should be. I don't want to stear her in the wrong direction. Does she need to pay this?
You should take this letter with you to a local attorney. Many of us give free consultations.
It's probably a form letter that they send out hoping she will pay. They can sue you but in 23 years as a criminal defense attorney none of my clients have never had the collections go that far.
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