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Keres

New member
What is the name of your state?
Kentucky

Asking for a friend:
So, this week my best friend was called into the office at her job. They told her she was caught checking herself out and giving herself a discount. (A huge no-no in retail) so they asked for a signed confession. So, she agreed and told them everything she's done with mainly involved overusing her discount. She did however return something she wanted to get a price adjustment on but wasn't able to repurchase it. (Because when she was going to repurchase it, a customer asked for her assistance and she forgot) During the interview with Loss protection, she confessed to not repurchasing the item, that she just remembered. She added it to the confession. She told the interrogator that she wasn't sure how many times it has happen. (She has terrible memory underpressure) so she said at least twice. Now a few days have gone by and her anxiety has gone down and she knows with a clear conscious it was only once. The confession is already signed. Is there anything she can do? She wants to rebuy the skirt but has no idea if it will help or hurt her case. She's never been in trouble before.
My best friend hasn't done any previous crimes before. She has a clean record, just a forgetful person with a kind heart.
Is there anything she can do to help her case?
 
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LdiJ

Senior Member
What is the name of your state?
Kentucky

Asking for a friend:
So, this week my best friend was called into the office at her job. They told her she was caught checking herself out and giving herself a discount. (A huge no-no in retail) so they asked for a signed confession. So, she agreed and told them everything she's done with mainly involved overusing her discount. She did however return something she wanted to get a price adjustment on but wasn't able to repurchase it. (Because when she was going to repurchase it, a customer asked for her assistance and she forgot) During the interview she confessed to not repurchasing the item, that she just remembered. She added it to the confession. She told the interrogator that she wasn't sure how many times it has happen. (She has terrible memory underpressure) so she said at least twice. Now a few days have gone by and her anxiety has gone down and she knows with a clear conscious it was only once. The confession is already signed. Is there anything she can do? She wants to rebuy the skirt but has no idea if it will help or hurt her case. She's never been in trouble before.
My best friend hasn't done any previous crimes before. She has a clean record, just a forgetful person with a kind heart.
Is there anything she can do to help her case?
If the store presses charges, she needs to get herself an attorney. I assume that they have fired her?
 

FlyingRon

Senior Member
The confession signed under these circumstances isn't likely to mean anything in a criminal matter. In fact, if they didn't report her to police, they likely aren't going to. On the other hand, it could very much end up a civil matter, it's not outside the realm of possibilities they come after her for damages. Further, it will show that if/when they do fire her, it was for cause.
 

quincy

Senior Member
What is the name of your state?
Kentucky
... They told her she was caught checking herself out and giving herself a discount ... She has a clean record, just a forgetful person with a kind heart....
She is a forgetful person with a kind heart ... who has violated the policies of her employment. She could be fired and/or (depending on what was captured on video and on other facts), she could be charged with a retail crime.

If fired, she may or may not be able to collect unemployment benefits. If charged with a retail crime, she should speak to a local attorney.

It was probably a mistake for her to sign anything before consulting with an attorney. How much weight her confession will have should she be charged with a crime is a question mark but it is probably safe to say that the confession won’t help her.

What she should do now is exercise her right to remain silent.
 

Just Blue

Senior Member
What is the name of your state?
Kentucky

Asking for a friend:
So, this week my best friend was called into the office at her job. They told her she was caught checking herself out and giving herself a discount. (A huge no-no in retail) so they asked for a signed confession. So, she agreed and told them everything she's done with mainly involved overusing her discount. She did however return something she wanted to get a price adjustment on but wasn't able to repurchase it. (Because when she was going to repurchase it, a customer asked for her assistance and she forgot) During the interview with Loss protection, she confessed to not repurchasing the item, that she just remembered. She added it to the confession. She told the interrogator that she wasn't sure how many times it has happen. (She has terrible memory underpressure) so she said at least twice. Now a few days have gone by and her anxiety has gone down and she knows with a clear conscious it was only once. The confession is already signed. Is there anything she can do? She wants to rebuy the skirt but has no idea if it will help or hurt her case. She's never been in trouble before.
My best friend hasn't done any previous crimes before. She has a clean record, just a forgetful person with a kind heart.
Is there anything she can do to help her case?
In what way do you think it helps your friend to post about her criminal activity on the internet?
 

quincy

Senior Member
In what way do you think it helps your friend to post about her criminal activity on the internet?
Keres could be the kind-hearted friend about whom she writes. When posters write about friends instead of about themselves it helps to insulate them. The posts cannot easily be used against them.
 

Just Blue

Senior Member
Keres could be the kind-hearted friend about whom she writes. When posters write about friends instead of about themselves it helps to insulate them. The posts cannot easily be used against them.
If Keres is writing about herself she should stop and consult with an attorney. If Keres is writing about a friend she should stop and tell her friend to consult with an attorney.
 

quincy

Senior Member
If Keres is writing about herself she should stop and consult with an attorney. If Keres is writing about a friend she should stop and tell her friend to consult with an attorney.
Probably. This forum would be empty of threads, though, if people did not come here with their legal questions and concerns.

As long as personal identifying information is kept from a post, there is little risk of having the postings on this forum used against a poster (or a poster’s friend).

It has happened, of course, but I know of only a handful of times that it has - and these were times when the real names of people and places were included in a post or the circumstances were so unique as to have identities discoverable on a simple search.
 

Keres

New member
She is a forgetful person with a kind heart ... who has violated the policies of her employment. She could be fired and/or (depending on what was captured on video and on other facts), she could be charged with a retail crime.

If fired, she may or may not be able to collect unemployment benefits. If charged with a retail crime, she should speak to a local attorney.

It was probably a mistake for her to sign anything before consulting with an attorney. How much weight her confession will have should she be charged with a crime is a question mark but it is probably safe to say that the confession won’t help her.

What she should do now is exercise her right to remain silent.
Thanks.
 

PayrollHRGuy

Senior Member
If your friend has not yet found another job, she potentially could apply for unemployment benefits. She might not be eligible, however.
And there is little doubt that the UI agency will accept the signed confession into evidence for the purposes of UI qualification.
 

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