A 40 year-old Canadian woman allegedly took shoplifting to a bold new level. The woman lined up an interview at an Ontario retail clothing store. Then she went to the store to shoplift for some clothes. Next, she wore the shoplifted clothes to the interview. Finally, she helped herself to a little more shoplifting on the way out of the interview. The manager, who had just finished interviewing the suspect, saw the second of her shoplifts on the security video tape. He wasn't quick enough to catch her before she left, but her escape would be short-lived. It was an odd career strategy that failed to pay off.
It wasn't hard for police to track her down; security had her resume in hand when they called the police. She is facing shoplifting penalties. The woman, who has not been identified to the public, has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000 according to the London Free Press.
The crime that is commonly known as shoplifting is an area of law that nearly everyone has heard of. Shoplifting refers to theft from a place of business. It's a type of larceny, which means taking the property of someone else without their permission.
In many states, shoplifting penalties can range from a low level "infraction," to a misdemeanor, and sometimes felony charges. Many states have enacted statutes called "shopkeeper's privilege laws," which authorize stores to detain suspected shoplifters in certain circumstances. The laws protect the stores from lawsuits claiming false imprisonment or false arrest as long as the detention is reasonable and complies with the statute.
The unidentified Canadian women would have been wise to learn more about the law before so brazenly breaking it. Chances are her lawyer is catching her up as we speak. Regarding her employment prospects, the Canadian police weighed in:
"It is unlikely that she will be getting an interview in the near future," police deadpanned, according to the London Free Press.
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