posted on Jan, 29 2013 @ 09:06 AM
The main problem here is that the store has just chosen an arbitrary amount £89.50 and supplied 0 justifications as to how they came up with that
They say it is for staff time dealing with the incident etc but how can the cost of staff time dealing with an incident be calculated as being exactly
the same in the thousands of separate cases where they have sent out letters demanding the same amount of money from people? It's completely
For example trying to charge money for the time spent by the security guard catching the person
That's what the security guard is in the shop
and being paid for in the first place, it's not as if he gets paid per thief he catches
I don't think many people would have a problem with a company trying to recover actual losses that they get hit with through shop lifting, the
problem is with they way the companies they choose to employ actually do it.
As stated earlier if people actually choose to go to court with these agencies then the agencies either A) don't turn up to the court case or B) lose
the case. So the companies know full well when they send out the letters that they are not winnable cases within the UK law yet they persist in doing
so on the off chance of scaring people.
It is simply a scam fishing for people that will be intimidated by the legal wording in the letters.