What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? california. my grandson who is eight yrs old was detained at walmart this morning for trying to steal a hot wheel car. when the school called and said he was not at school, the police were contacted, the principal picked me up and a search was started for him.after returning to the school with the principal, i then walked to the walmart just down the street from the school. when i was at the service desk, after giving them a description,i inquired if they had seen him. they had, and in fact he was being detained in a back office. the manager brought him up to me, and told me that he was banned from walmart forever. the police arrived and no citation was issued. after leaving i noticed my grandson had wet his self. he began to tell me what they had said to him. they told him he was going to grow up to be a low-life, and never amount to anything, but a crimminal. they told him he could go to jail or prison, and probably be there for the rest of his life. walmart had him in their custody for just under an hour, before contacting the police, they never tried to contact me. can they do this? are they not required by law to immediatley contact a parent first, then the police? though i agree that something is to be said to him, as well as a form of punnishment, to me this went way overboard. there was nothing constructive said to him. and didnt they violate my right as a parent to be conntacted immediately?