I live in PA. I took one of the departments stores perfume tester that says not for retail. I sprayed it on me and kept it in my arm while walking out.I know I was wrong, but when I did it I just looked at as a bad moral judgement, not criminal. This seems to be a decision that is ruining my life. I've never been in trouble before. Good student, finishing up college. The peace officers at the store were over zealous, said I look like a thief that does this all the time, were rude to me(not that I expected them to be nice and offer me tea and crumpets), They ran after me and gripped me up like this was an episode of cops. They also got mad because I explained I felt like they were going really far over a store tester. They asked if I ever been convicted of retail theft. I said no and they said they will be getting this put on my record. They filed a private criminal complaint against me. They marked on the complaint that I took a new bottle of perfumed valued at full retail price of $68 on the complaint. Is this ok? Shouldn't they have to tell what I really took? How will this effect me getting a job? I talked to a police officer about how retail theft works, he told me that stores usually does civil demands and not criminal depending on the incident. My question is how do they choose who to do criminal or civil or both?
Thanks to anyone who can give me some input