My question involves defamation in the state of: Colorado
I may be in the wrong category, and this may be outside the scope of expertlaw. Just let me know if so.
Can individuals are flagged as suspect or as potential shoplifters by retailers? If so, can this information be shared with other companies via a database of some sort or by an unofficial agreement of some kind between different retailers? (I am sure that individual retailers can keep internal records of any kind).
Before this is picked apart, understand I have never been accused, detained by retail employees or had my belongings inspected. I have no criminal record. Never stolen merchandise or attempted anything deceptive. I haven't even entertained the idea.
The reason I ask is I seem to be shadowed quite a bit when I shop. Walmart for example makes no effort to be discreet about it. I simply chose to stop giving them my business. Over time though, I've noticed in various stores that employees appear and stay within eyesight but there is no apparent work being done. They are of course doing their jobs to prevent theft, as well they should, so I have no objections to that. But tonight was potentially related to my concerns as I noticed the shopping center's security was parked in the row next to my car with lights flashing, but when a sheriff patrol car zoomed past as I was leaving the center I really had to wonder. Perhaps people can be logged for merely appearing suspect in external databases that other retailers can access (?) or would that be considered defamatory (or something along those lines).
Two bits of information: first, as often as I remember to, I transfer belongings into very small purses while shopping to save myself and the employees pointless worry, but I occasionally forget and bring a large purse. I make a point of leaving the bag open and in view of the cashier when I pay. I realize the purse alone could be the problem. Also, as strange as it sounds, I sometimes hunker or squat to see merchandise that is located on lower shelves due to a back injury. It's possible either or both of these behaviors are all it takes to warrant suspicion and it has nothing to do with an official "flag".
Should I worry, or could I use a reality check? Thanks