The other day I was caught stealing some cosmetics from a local Meijer and was given a letter of civil damages stating that I have to pay the store 10 times the retail price of the property involved, not less then $50 or more then $200 (the total was 27.50 so it ended up being $200). It also states that if I return any unrecovered property (which I had nothing else) and pay the amounts indicated above to us within 30 day after the date this notice was mailed, we will not take any further civil action against you.
The $200 fee is not a problem. What I'm worried about who is allowed to view this information. I had asked the two persons who had apprehended myself two to three times who would have/recieve/know about this information and was told by both in each instance that providing that I never commit retail fraud again that Meijer would hold this information in their files for their further notice if something were to occur in the future. I had also asked them in all seriousness if there is anything important I should be aware of and they said of couse "Don't steal..." and that I would never be able to obtain a job at a Meijer ever (which is fine with me and very understandable). Other then that they made it seem that as long as I did not commit retail fraud ever again and I paid the $200 fee that this wouldn't come back to haunt me....one of them even said "only if you commit retail fraud again will this thing come back to haunt you".
I have absolutly no plans of ever committing a crime in my life again (especially retail fraud...it's just not worth it I have come to find out the hard way). I'm 19 years old and am wondering still about the information regarding the events and who has/will have access to this information. I was led to believe by the two loss prevention persons that only Meijer would have it providing I never commit retail fraud again and was curious on whether or not this is ture. Any more information regarding this issue is greatly appricated.