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I was in a cosmetics store... and I poured some glitter into my hand and walked to the door, and the lady was like 'can i help you with anything?' and I said nah and walked out and when i got in my car I saw them writing my license number down.

What is going to happen? Will they call me/come to my house/ what? please answer quickly I am scared.

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Originally posted by Dus8or:
Will they call me/come to my house/ what?

Will they? Who knows. Can they? You bet. My friend, your actions have just managed to send you up the river and across the fine line of legality.

By taking the glitter, even if it was only a small amount, you're in violation of what most US states call "petty theft." It's section 488 of the Penal Code in several states, and though I'm not sure where you are, I'm sure you can find it in your state's Penal (or Criminal) Code somewhere around there. It is a misdemeanonr, meaning it is punishable by fine, community service, restitution, and even some playtime in county jail or juvenile hall. Combinations of those punishments can be rendered as well, though it is very unlikely for anyone to spend any serious time in jail for a first-time (which I'll assume this is for you) shoplifting offense.

If the store has you on tape and really wants to push the issue, they can file a citizen's arrest and have you cited at home. If such a thing happens, it will likely happen sooner rather than later. It is not all that common for stores to punish those who pilfer penny candy or glitter or cheap things of that nature, but I have seen it happen before. So I can understand why you're worried.

The bottom line is that you seem to be quite afraid right now. And that is the ultimate intent of the store anyway. The reason they would seek to punish you is to ensure that you never steal from them again. You didn't make clear your motives here, but it seems as though you were almost absent-minded in taking the glitter. With the way you are feeling now, hopefully in the future you will be a little more careful about walking out with things you've yet to pay for. And that way you don't get arrested, the store doesn't lose their money, and everyone is hunky-dory.

BruinDan, "Number Three," PSOM

"Battery Stolen; Youth Charged"

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