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I was buying groceries at Top Foods and upon completing my shopping I answered a phone call. After a few minutes of chatting on the phone ( I was in my own world not really paying attention to where I was or what I was doing) I hung up just in time to hear an employee behind me ask if I had a receipt for my items. I KINDLY said no and that I was sorry I wasnt paying attention to my surroundings. I had wandered around the cash registers and was standing a little bit infront of one of the exits. I turned around and walked to the registers to pay. The total was $34.73. 2 steaks, bottle of wine and some almonds. My payment method was going to be using the cash machine located inside the store and withdrawing cash to pay. I told the clerk that I did not have any cash on me and that I only had my ATM card. He told me to go use the cash machine. (at this point the clerk had obviously thought I was trying to steal the items regardless of the fact that I had not left the store. He said that because I had gone pass the cash registers or The Point of Sale I had intentions of stealing ) When I used the ATM machine the machine told me " Account not Accessible"........A month or so earlier I had my wallet stolen and cancelled all of my cards. This was my new card that I had activated but hadnt ever used yet. I then called a friend of mine and asked that he come give me some $ because I am having trouble with the atm machine and that the store was trying to call me a shoplifter. I re-approached the clerk and told him that for some reason the atm machine was not letting me access my $ and that I had a friend in route to bring the $. The clerk instantly said that it was unacceptable and that I had my chance to pay. He then escorted me to the back offices where he proceeded to call the police. No matter what I said I was told that it was too late and that I had passed the point of sale and that when I was asked to pay for the items I had no $ therefore I was considered shoplifting. My friend arrived with $ and the associates told me that it was too late and that he could not pay for my groceries. I called my bank and put the phone on speaker phone so that everyone on the office could hear the recording of my balance in my checking account. Nothing I could do seemed to matter and I was being cited for theft! I had no intentions of stealing anything and I dont know why my atm card did not work. Now I have a court date and dont want to plead guilty to anything because I dont feel I broke any laws. What can I do to help my situation and explain/ plea my innocense. What kind of trouble will I face If they try and get me to take a plea and I dont accept. Im pleading not guilty to everything because I did nothing wrong and when the money was provided they would not let me pay them with it. I am 30 yrs old and have been arrested for theft 2 times when I was a teenager. Stupid kid stuff when I was 16 and 17. Please help