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Shoplifting Charges for Woman Who Tests Pacifiers before Purchase

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

22-year-old Angela Byers decided to test some baby pacifiers from a South Carolina Walmart before purchasing one.

Walmart employees noticed Byers opening several packages of pacifiers and giving them to her child to test. According to a report, the young mother had been arrested before for shoplifting at a different Walmart. After her previous charge in 2010, Byers was sentenced to 20 days in jail. Because of her reoccurring criminal behavior, Walmart requested a warrant for shoplifting against Byers.

In Arizona, shoplifting is defined as follows:

A person commits shoplifting if, while in an establishment in which merchandise is displayed for sale, the person knowingly obtains such goods of another with the intent to deprive that person of such goods by:

  • Removing any of the goods from the immediate display or from any other place within the establishment without paying the purchase price; or
  • Charging the purchase price of the goods to a fictitious person or any person without that person’s authority; or
  • Paying less than the purchase price of the goods by some trick or artifice such as altering, removing, substituting, or otherwise disfiguring any label, price tag, or marking; or
  • Transferring the goods from one container to another; or
  • Concealment.

Shoplifting charges can get you jail time, a criminal record, and can get you banned from entering or shopping in certain stores.

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