ShopNSave Complaint - Falsely Accused

Review by crazbuffalo on 2008-12-10
MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA -- I was falsely accused of shop lifting at this store for opening a box and putting it back on the shelf. Now because I can not afford a lawyer who is charging $1,000.00 just to maybe get it reduced to destroying merchandise I have to pay the fine and have a mark on my record. All because of a cocky security guard who thought he was God. This happened at Glenmark, Morgantown WV.
Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-12-11
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-10:
What did you do after you opened the box and before you put it back on the shelf that caused the security guard to suspect you of shoplifting?

I see customers opening boxes all the time in stores and they're not being charged..
Posted by MRM on 2008-12-10:
Yea, something is not right here. He must have pocketed a content that was inside the box.
Posted by MRM on 2008-12-10:
What was it that you pocketed that was inside the box?
Posted by S. on 2008-12-10:
If you were 'falsely' accused, go to trial to prove it. The court will appoint a Public Defender at no cost to you. Why did you open the box? Weren't there any pictures on it or couldn't you read the printing?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-10:
Is this a supermarket? If you opened a food product and then put it back on the shelf, you did, in fact steal from the store since you have rendered that product worthless.
Posted by MRM on 2008-12-10:
Come on, if you were falsly accused, let the store produce the security tapes, where are the witnesses, what did the guard observe? If you are innocent and they cannot produce any evidence then you should have been cleared. I don't understand.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-10:
ha! I was thinking Shop n Save was maybe like a Costco or Sams Club type store..but now that Ken mentioned supermarket, I'm wondering if the OP opened a box of macaroni noodles and put some in his pocket?
Posted by Starlord on 2008-12-10:
As a former Loss Preventin Agent, I have to agree your story sounds a bit weak. We never detained someone just for opening a box, people do that all the time. Our standard policy was to approach you and reprimand you for the action, as that was part of what we refer to as shrinkage, which includes shoplifting, employee theft, damaged packaging and so on. If you want to argue that you had a right to open a box of merchandise and thus ruin is saleability, then go right ahead. You will have your opportunity to defend yourself in court and have this removed from your record. If you have already been to court and pled guilty, then you have no beef coming. You have the right to have an attorney, and the court will appoint one if you cannot afford one. This is part of the standard Miranda warnings.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-10:
We are talking about one of WEST VIRGINIA'S finest here people, surely it happened just as the OP said.
Posted by soccermom12h on 2008-12-10:
If they got so mad at you for opening a box and putting it back on the shelf that it's going to cost you $1000 for a lawyer, why didn't you just purchase whatever was in the box?
Posted by jenjenn on 2008-12-11:
Why DO people open the boxes if it appears it had never been tampered with?

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