My younger sister was trying to kill time waiting for her boyfriend. She bought a t-shirt at Abercrombie, then went to J.C.Pennies. She tried on a pair of pants, but didnt like them, and left. Half way to the otherside of the mall, a man stops her. He pulls her to the side saying he was 'loss prevention' from JCP and they 'KNOW' she stole those pants.
She was horribly embarassed, and opened her bag as he looked in. He didnt open anything else, or move anything around. Just said 'ok' and walked away. She was so angry that he had made such a scene. She went back to JCP and asked to speak to the manager. She told the manager what happened. The manager was totally sympathetic and apologized for the mans behaviour.
My little sister left and went to find her boyfriend. She was on the otherside of the mall in the bookstore waiting for her boyfriend when a different man claiming to be from JCP loss prevention grabbed her and told her to follow him. She was terrified, and being so small, she didnt fight him, just walked with him. They put her in a room in the back of the store. With three 'loss prevention' men.
She was scared and tried calling her boyfriend to let him know where she was. He yelled at her to turn her phone off. When she said she was calling her boyfriend to tell him to meet her at JCP, the man grabbed her phone and turned it off. They told her 'we know you stole the pants, we need your confession'. She stated over and over that she didnt take them. They took her bag, purse, and tore through them all- spralling everything out on a table, tampons, make up, everything.
She was in tears, but they continued to harrass her. She got up to leave, and the man grabbed her by the sholders and pushed her into the chair. She screamed 'Im telling the police!" and he said "well I'll just tell them you kicked me!" She started screaming to call the police, so the men said 'fine, we will call the police and they will arrest you'
10 min later a police officer (or a man who looked like one) came into the room. He told her she had to confess. My sister said she wouldnt confess to something she never did, so the officer gave her a court order saying she was being charged with Theift III.
I dont know what to do. She is 19, she has never stolen anything, and its her word against three grown men. She has talked to two lawyers, but their retainer is $3000... theres no way we can afford that. But justice needs to be served. What to do?
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