Claire's - A Greedy Exploitation of Our Legal System.
Various Products. - Complaint
NORRIDGE, ILLINOIS -- Claires' policy for shoplifting is very greedy. Now I know that shoplifting is a crime, and not only that, but morally, it is wrong, like any form of stealing. But, Claires plans to send me a threat for civil suit, which I must pay price amount between $250-500, and if I refuse to pay this amount, they will file a civil suit against me and my family. The total value of what I attempted to steal from this store was roughly $23.
I looked up the shoplifting policy online and this IS legal. This is legal because it allows stores to 'recoup' their losses from my shoplifting, at least that is the justification for this extortion. However, they got their products back, in fact, I watched them re-tag and put the products back up for sale. This means that they did not even lose their $23, and this civil suit is nothing more than a loophole in our legal system that allows this company to make a small fortune off of me, for nothing more than a misdemeanor.
Now, I feel completely justified in shoplifting, because I am taking from a company that is obviously arrogant, greedy, and downright evil. I was taken to a police station, photographed, I got a record and all that, so now I'm in the system, and I will be going to court to receive my legal punishment, whether it be a fine, community service, or even a short juvenile hall sentence, so the legal consequences for my actions have been felt. I know what I did was wrong, but isn't it wrong for a company to sue me, to recoup their losses, which they recouped on the spot?
This is, as I have said before, extortion. I've heard Wal-mart does this as well, but I've only ever shoplifted from claires this once. I feel that this needs to be brought to someones attention, I know I can't do much about this, they may be greedy and arrogant, but they're smart, so legally, I don't have much of a case. I'm just hoping someone will read this and discontinue shopping from such a terrible store. I stole, now I have my legal consequences to face, but when Claires steals, it is legal. This is a prime example of our broken justice system.