My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
So I got caught today. After I purchased something and was leaving, 2 of these guys dressed in casual wear stopped me and said: "We're with Walmart and you know what I'm going to ask you right?"
I really didn't know what he was saying, thinking he was going to offer me something they were advertising at their store. But I guess they were the security. So the two guys and 2 other work associates escort me to the back room. I cooperated respectfully and gave them my info that they needed. Showed them my DL and gave them my contact number like they asked. I took like 1 eyeshadow, 2 face primers and a make up remover. Total was under $25 for sure. I remember reading somewhere that if it was under $25, in Walmart's policy they would issue a warning.
They didn't call the cops on me. After they got the total in they gave me this paper saying pretty much they let me off with a warning and if I didn't want anything sent to my mailbox to call the number listed on the paper they printed out for me. No photo or fingerprints taken by them. The man said my info will be in the Walmart database. He said if I were to do this again at another Walmart or something they will easily find my name. So would that mean that I can't get a job in retail then? AT ALL?
The guy that caught me was kind and didn't seem like a jerk and I thanked him for letting me off. And said I was welcomed to return back to their store, just not to shoplift LOL. Overall the encounter from when I was caught to when I was released took less than 10 minutes.
But how much would the fine or something be? The guy said it would be around $50-$500. Err.... So how much do you think it will be? I plan on calling the number provided on the paper tomorrow when the info should be in their database...