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  •  Store employees (3+ / 0-)
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    saluda, mrkvica, rockhound

    have no legal power to detain anyone suspected of stealing. They can ask the subject to not leave, but if they are not sworn police officers, they have no legal authority to detain anyone. The best they can do is follow the suspect to their car and get a license plate number. Stores these days are filled with surveillance cameras, so whatever the suspect did is likely to be on the tape.

    Most stores tell their workers explicitly that they are not to take action against shoplifters other than as outlined above, i.e. get a plate number and review the tape, since that absolves the store of liability for outcomes such as this one. These employees are going to find that they are, legally, on their own.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:21:58 AM PST

    •  That is simply wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      netop

      It is best not to opine on subjects about which one knows little to nothing.  Start your education with the shopkeeper's privilege, a long recognized common law doctrine.

    •  In most states, yes they can. So can you. (0+ / 0-)

      I understand that they can detain another person, just like any citizen is allowed to. A  security guard or any other non-police person cannot arrest and transport another person nor are they entitled to search another person.  Detaining is not the same as arresting.

      "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" --Casey Kasem

      by netop on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:20:17 PM PST

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