posted on Dec, 7 2008 @ 01:44 PM
I have a young friend who was kept at walmart with a group of her friends and not allowed to leave, suspected of shoplifting. I only know what she
told me about the entire thing, but she's a very smart and reliable girl. She's a senior in highschool now, but has been attending University since
she was 15. I have never been misled by her, and she has never exaggerated anything.
She and a group of friends were hanging out in Wal-Mart, harmlessly, and when they were heading out the door they were stopped by a bunch of Wal-Mart
employees. The employees said they saw them stealing on the security cameras, they had proof, etc. My friend and the rest of the girls emptied their
pockets, purses, everything and showed the Wal-Mart head of security they had nothing. They still wouldn't let this group of girls go, saying they
couldn't leave until they "got to the bottom of this." Finally, my friend addresses the Wal-Mart head of security and says "Look, we emptied our
pockets. We don't have anything. You don't have any authority to keep me here, I'm leaving." The Wal-Mart head of security then blocked the doors
and wouldn't let her leave. My friend then said "We don't f****** have it!"
The Wal-Mart guy asked for her ID, but she refuses to carry ID, she says it creeps her out. He asked for her cellphone and she said "Hell no." And
cursed him out. (Hahah, teenagers. She is very smart, but she's still a teenager.) Then he called the cops. My friend and the rest of the girls had
to sit in the cold for 45 minutes waiting for the cops.
When the cops got there, they quickly patted everyone down and took a peek in their purses and (surprise!) found nothing.
While the cops checked for the stolen item, the Wal-Mart employees all taunted my friend. She said they were "Insulting, loud, immature,
condescending, etc." My friend sat there and took it for a while, and finally told him to "Stop wasting taxpayer dollars because a teenager mouthed
off to you. You're 40 years old, why are you standing here trying to argue with a 17 year old? Grow up, go do your job and stop insulting me."
I guess the Wal-Mart employee wanted my friend arrested for profanity, but the cops laughed with my friend about it and told her what a "hot head"
the Wal-Mart head of security is. She said she got the feeling the cops thought the whole thing was ridiculous as well. Anyway, since she was a minor
her parents had to be called to pick her up and she is never allowed at Wal-Mart again.
I apologize for the long post, but I would rather include more detail then less. What do you guys think of this? Was Wal-Mart right in [physically]
restraining my friend after she proved her and her friend's innocence? I wonder how many tax dollars were spend in this little incident over a $3
bottle of lotion the girls were suspected of stealing? Why is it that the few that stand up for themselves end up being punished for it, shouldn't
this be admired?