My question involves defamation in the state of: maryland. I was arrested at my place employment the store was running a promotion giving customer 5 dollar gift card on purchase of 50 dollar, many custmers either refused their cards or offered the cards to me. I used one of the cards that was given to me to purchase $1.25 soda on one day and the remainder of this card to purchase a sandwich for $3.69 the following day. I used the card at the store I worked at and also used my employee discount number with the card. I did not ring myself up for the purchases or hide the fact that I was using the gift card in anyway. I was unaware that anything was wrong with using a gift card given to me by a customer. Approximately 2 weeks after this I was arrested at work for this incident, with the arrest claiming 7 instances of "theft" of these $5 gift cards, and taken to the police department for processing. I was assigned a court date and released. My question is how is it considered that I am stealing from the store when given this card from a customer?