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I was shopping at a Goodwill store on Labor Day of this year. There were at least 100 people in the store and it was quite hot & humid that day. I had my bag full of merchandise (mostly clothes). There were no shopping carts due to the amount of people inside the store. Anyway, this particular store has a lot of furniture out front of their store (like couches, chairs,etc.) and I begin to feel as though I was going to pass out due to heat exhaustion so I stepped outside the store to find a seat on one of the couches out front. All of a sudden someone grabbed my arm and told me they were form Loss Prevention and that I had to come with them. They took me to the back and questioned me. Before they could even get me to the back they had to sit with me and get me water and wet towels for my face. I realize now that I certainly should of put my bag down prior to walking to the outside couch but I was to the point of passing out. I swear that I wasn't shoplifting. My daughter was in line and the line alone was to the rear of the store. I was going to give her my stuff and sit outside--is what I should of done prior to exiting the store. Mind you that the outside couch is only a couple feet outside the front entrance of the store. OK, so they finally make me get up and take me to a couch in the warehouse and tell me that unless I sign a form saying I was shoplifting that they'd call the Sheriff and I'd be arrested and taken to jail. They instead told me that I could sign this form and pay $500 dollars to take this 8 hour course online. I was scared and didn't want to be arrested by the Sheriff so I signed the form and the following day I registered online and completed the course. About a month later I'm shopping at another Goodwill store and the same man from Loss Prevention appraoches me and tells me that I'm not allowed to shop in any Goodwill stores. I was shocked. He escorted me out of the store and told me that this was my warning and that the next time he catches me in the Goodwill he will phone the Sheriff to arrest me for trespassing. Let me be truthful here and say that I'm a convicted felon from issues over 10 years ago. I made bad choices so I'm careful to not break the law now.

I'm really upset about this entire chain of events. Does this sound right? Can they ban me from shopping at all their stores? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Please be nice!!

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 Does this sound right?

Yes, sounds about right.  Leaving the store without paying for merchandise in your possession is the classic case of shoplifting. The store has the option of giving you paying a civil penalty or if you refuse, having you arrested for shoplifting.  And depending upon what you were convicted for before, that could have enhanced the penalties if you were convicted now.

Can they ban me from shopping at all their stores?

Yes they can, it is done all the time when you are caught doing among other things, shoplifting.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Please be nice!!

I don't mean to sound flip, but there are plenty of other thrift stores to shop at.

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13 hours ago, SammieGIrl said:

Does this sound right?

 

I'm not quite sure what this question means.  Unfortunately, you chose to "sign a form saying [you were] shoplifting . . . [and] sign [a] form [that said who knows what] and pay $500 dollars to take [some sort of] 8 hour course online."  While I can understand why you made this particular choice, all choices have consequences.

 

 

13 hours ago, SammieGIrl said:

Can they ban me from shopping at all their stores?

 

Of course.  You admittedly shoplifted, and the store doesn't want admitted shoplifters as customers.

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Thank you. You're absolutely right when you say that life has consequences. I did sign the waiver to get the hell out of the store and lick my wounds. My humiliation and mortification was enough to last me a lifetime. Thank you for you're response. I appreciate it.

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