Posted by kazoo on April 8, 2000, at 2:50:59
In reply to criminal behavior? (long), posted by CarolAnn on April 6, 2000, at 10:19:33
> I told them I would sign if they modified the form, because I couldn't say
> that I had done it "intentionally".
What you should have, and could have, done was to sign the bloody thing, and next
to your signature put "(SUD)" meaning "Signed Under Duress" which is a perfectly legal
thing to do. This is done all the time in government agencies when management tries to
get their employees to sign documents of reprimand.
I had a similar incident happen to me and used the "SUD" notation, and when I filed
litigation against the store, the judge wanted to know what the "SUD" stood for. I told
him and he found the case in my favor, a $50,000 settlement. The courts understand perfectly
well that security in stores tend to be heavy handed, and they usually side with the victim (in
this case, you). Case in point: Montgomery Ward. Weren't they put out of business because
of their harsh security system and the subsequent lawsuits that followed?
If this incident really bothers you to the point where you cannot function within a reasonable
parameter of "normality," then have your therapist (or doctor) write a letter to the manager, with
a CC to the store's CEO, explaining the "damage" this whole affair has done to you, and how you've
been permanently set back in your life. I'm sure after reading how much trouble they caused in your
life from a simple misunderstanding, they'll dismiss the entire event, and destroy any paperwork that
was filled out.
But above all: relax. It's not the end of the world. Even the famous Rex Reed was caught ripping off
CDs from Tower Records in NYC last week, no big deal.
Greetings to CarolAnn.