I really need your advice on this:
I am from London. I was caught shoplifting in a pharmacy 5 weeks ago, took some cosmetics, costed Â£26(about $50). I was questioned by the security officer and the manager of the store, signed a letter which bans me from entering the store again. When they ask me my name and address, I gave them my real name, because they could see it on my credit card, but I gave them a fake address, becuase I was really scared that they would turn up in my house and family would find out what happened. Fortunately they didn't call the police.
Now after I read all the post about the civil demand, I find myself in a very difficult situation. By giving them the wrong address and missing the civil demand letter could mean that I lose the opportunity to settle this matter out of court.
Could anybody tell me what should I do now? Actually I've just been to the fake address I gave to the security office (it actually existed) and ask the landlady if she'd received any of my post. she said no. Then I asked her if she could let me know if in the future she receive any post addressed to me. She agreed to do so.(Of course i made up an excuse as to why my post could end up in her house, and she believed me, hopefully...)
Could anybody tell me if I should rely on this landlady or should I call the store up to give them my real address? If I don't pay for the civil demand, what would happen?
I really appreciate your advice.