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Theft in TX by Child age 17, Parents in trouble.

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Our 17yr old was caught taking a plastic bead bracelet retail value $6.00, from a store. The store retained the property, but we have received a demand letter from Civil Recovery Services in CA, making a demand for $200 from us the parents. The letter states that under Texas State law the store may be entitled to recover from us its actual damages, not to exceed $5000, plus reasonable and necessary attorney's fees. The quote TX CIV Prac & Rem 134.002 definitions, 134.003 Liability and 134.005 Recovery. Since my child is considered an adult in the State of TX, should I pay this? Why would I owe anything if there were no actual damages. The store still has the bracelet. Would it be reasonable for me to offer them 3 times the retail value of the property for full payment?

Please help 30 days is coming up on 7/27/00.

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