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#13 Bj-Monster23


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

the quick and dirty huddle answer is that you're just going to have to swallow your pride. there really isn't anything you can do. they didn't stop you from coming in b/c you're black. they didn't tell you to leave b/c you're black. a manager's suspicion that it was you isn't much to go off of. i would still call an attorney, though. be very specific, though. like were the mall cops, or actually uniformed police officers of wake county? hate to say it, but you might have been a victim of society's prejudice. don't let me discourage you, though. i'm just trying to tell you what you should expect. tell your story to an attorney, and see what he or she says. g'luck.

One little detail I forgot to add is that they said they had me on camera stealing. So the police officer acted on what the store manager told him. Their wasn't enough evidence on camera to draw a conclusion or even have a probable cause that I had taken something. Everything was based on assumption. The store manager said he saw me on camera pick up clothes but he never saw me pay for them. I picked up clothes and tried them on. Once I decided I didn't want them I left the two shirts in the dressing room. Their was one Rocky Mount police officer, their was also mall security, and the store department manager.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

that sucks man, best of luck- that manager sounds like a huge douche

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

Soooo... what exactly are your monetary damages? Do you have a dollar figure that you lost due to this incident? Were there items of value belonging to you that are now not working/damaged? If I'm a "good" lawyer, how am I going to make any money from your case? (FYI: Being "accused of a crime I didn't commit", with no other information, is not going to make a penny in court.)

You also clearly stated: I was "asked" to be searched (person and vehicle). Anybody can "ask" you to buy them a hamburger, including the cop, the manager and the security guard. That isn't an infringement upon you, it is a request. No is an acceptable answer to a request. You conceded to the search, that's on you.

From what you've stated: This is a $5 lawsuit, "to prove you're right" kind of thing, and you will probably lose, because the judge will look at what's above, and be asking wtf. Any "good" lawyer will immediately realize you have no monetary damages, and not take your case.

I'm not trying to be an ass, but if you can't show monetary damages (and you want $$$ compensation), then you're wasting your time. If you're trying to prove a point, then you can hire an attorney and have fun with that, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:59 PM

Was this at Golden East Crossing? I can totally see it happening there. We haven't been in years, even though our mall is dead.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

This is basically the in store Loss Prevention mgr calling the cops to do the search... yes you have a case if totally clean. This happens all the time with over-aggressive Loss prevention guys..lawsuits that is.

You may want to reach out to the company and see what they will do after discussing options with a lawyer.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

I think your best bet at getting money would be to get some publicity, threaten with a lawsuit, and make them pay for it to go away.

If you dont really want money, with enough pressure on the company you might be able to get the manager fired.