My question involveI was called into a 'confrence' with my boss and a man named Jim, who supposedly works with loss prevention. They start by asking me if I know the World MArket employee discount policies, I respond with a"Yes, only immidiate family and I can use it," he then corrects me and says only immediate family that lives with you can use it. So I then assume this confrence is about the fact that I let my friend use my discount card several times. They hand me copies of receipts that I used my discount for, and ask me if I recal signing for them, I remember some of them, Jim then asks me to tell him how these purchases were paid for, I then see they were paid with a WM gift card. He then says that a miss Destiny Mornan(my firend) had recently returned some itmes that hadn't been sold in Tucson, this year.... Ok? He then accuses her of stealing these items, returning them for store credit, and then using the card with my employee discount card. Which lead to his next accusation, that I either asked her to return stolen goods, or I filled in false information on the return slip. I tell him she would never do such a thing, nor would I, and that if these items have been stolen(I didnt know what these items were yet) that I did not know. He starts throwing accusations at me, indirectly calling me a liar, asking me why I wouldn't be aware of my 'best friend' stealing, telling me to confess otherwise they'll have to bring the authorities into it. They even claim to have contacted 'miss Mornan', and have already recieved "a statement" from her, directly after he says this, he says he'll need me to confess by the end of the day or they'll take legal action. By this time I'm sobbing and I refuse to listen to them, I know my friend would never do such a thing, she'd never steal, and she'd never lie and accuse me of stealing, so I demand they let me speak to her, they don't. While I'm crying, Jim very rudely says, "HEY, why are you crying?" I say, "because I don't believe what you're telling me, I need to talk to my friend," he then replies with an even meaner," Look kid, I deal with thousands upon thousands of dollars a day, you think I wanna be here for 200 dollars? stop wasting my time and start talking." I don't. I just cry,and leave. They say they need the receipts, or a confession by the end of the day, or else. Well, I speak to my friend after she gets off of work, she's infuriated. She tells me there's no way in hell they could have contacted her, because she put her last cell phone number on the return slip(the return slip asks for you address,name,DL# and phone#) because she wasn't used to her new phone number yet .So, they LIED to me to get me to accuse her of something she didn't do. Or to get me to confess to something I can't confess to. They also lied when they said these items had not been sold in Tucson,this year, because when I finally realised what one of the items were, I recall selling that very item no less than a month ago in my store. My family wants me to hire a civil lawyer, and my friend is willing to take this to court as well. The ONLY problem is, I do not have receipts to either of these items, the item that belonged to me, I've owned for nearly a year, and I gave my friend this ite as a Yule present for her Alter. The item that belonged to my friend, was as ahouse warming gift she revieved when she moved into her 1st apartment, a year ago. What should I do, and CAN they actually DO anything to me? They fired me, obviously, but I wouldn't go back to work for them even if I did get this cleared up, or if I did sue. I don't however, want my work history to be ruined. And now I'm out of the job in a city that is EXTEMELY over populated and SO hard to get a job in! Please help!
Let me also mention, that while these purchases were made, I was living with her, whether or not they'll believe that, it's true. The items we purchased together were for both of us, i.e., food, dishes, towels.