( I am 32 yrs old, State of California , No prior criminal record)
About 1 week ago i was caught shoplifting $25 worth of underwear at Bloomingdale's, at that day i spent there 300$. The problem is that they could not see me on the store cameras because I put the underwear on at the fitting room.
I heard the LP guy telling on the phone to his supervisor that he saw me removing the price tag which I did in the fitting room, and I also took the pair of jeans with me to the fitting room with the little leather key chain on and I hang it on my jeans ( two months ago i bought the same pair of jeans from Bloomingdales without that key chain ) , thatís all happened at fitting room, of course I did not steal the jeans just put them back on the hanger. I was taken to a room and returned the underwear and the key chain. They got my information ( SSN, copy of my ID, my Macyís and Bloomingdale's credit cards copies ) and I had to sign a paper saying if i return to Bloomingdale's it would be trespassing. I was told that i will receive a letter in the mail from The Zellman Group requesting no more than $600. They told me that if i didnít pay, i'll be in trouble. The police were not involved, i was not handcuffed or fingerprinted, however they did take my picture, Iíve been told that itís for their own record. I was dealing with the them for about 20 min. Then i was released.
I was ashamed of what i did but I find the information on web that in California hidden surveillance cameras are not allowed by the law in such a places like fitting rooms and rest rooms.
I know that I did the wrong thing but in my opinion the right to privacy cannot be sacrificed for the protection of another person's right to property.
My question is if anyone has been in the same situation and can I sue Bloomingdale's or The Zellman Group for braking the California law?
Thank you for any help.