I have just received a letter demanding payment for civil damages to the store that i stole from. I was wondering why I am asked to pay the full possible penalty of $250 (plus merchandise cost) when the merchandise was worth a total of $10? Also it states in the letter that the payment is to be made within 14days of receiving it, which is not possible for me. Should i just allow it to go to court and see if they will order me to pay less than the full fine or contact the store and ask about a payment plan or something alternative?
Thank you to any responses