After reading the forums and many websites regarding the RLP I decided everyone should have a massive chuckle at what they are trying on with me.
first and foremost, I am not paying the RLP a penny and just to make this clear after reading these forums I can clearly see that they are not nice.
My case however is slightly different.
in February I was called into a meeting at my workplace and informed that I have reduced an item without authorisation and had cost the company £17.
The interesting thing to note is that the item in question had already been written off at store level as it was a display item,
therefore there was no value to the item already.
I cannot recall this incident and have suffered from a couple of lapses during my employment there,
it was only when I was shown CCTV of me on the till doing it that I knew I had done wrong.
I held up my hands,
said it was out of character
and said I would happily recoup any money lost.
Now you would think after 5 years of employment with little to no issue that this would be that and I would get a slapped wrist right?
Nope. I had a meeting 5 days later to be told that I was sacked for gross misconduct.
Now here is where it gets pretty interesting.
I appealed the decision hoping that they would take into consideration my mental illness (depression and anxiety, lapses) and hopefully reinstate my position within the company.
After writing to try and obtain an appeal meeting,
a week later I get a letter from the lovely people at RLP.
It stated that I had to pay £215 for my actions that caused the company disruption to their business, diversions from normal duties and security costs.
I rang them and said I am not responsible for the loss to the company as one the item was already written off at store level AND I was still awaiting my appeal decision (the fact they sent me a demand for payment BEFORE my appeal seems to me like a threat to drop my appeal honestly).
A week later my appeal falls through and they stand by the decision to dismiss me.
I thought that was that.
No, lo and behold I had another letter today from the RLP.
Here is where I had a massive chuckle,
in the letter they say that the company still has the same position as they did before my appeal and I now have 14 days before civil court action is taken, the usual dribble.
In this letter though it states they had made the claim in the previous letter although the last letter was headed "LETTER BEFORE CLAIM", a chuckle there.
A bigger one was had when in this letter it also stated "the costs are calculated due to security staff members taking part in the investigation".
The store I worked at had NO security staff and fell on all staff to remain vigilant.
they are trying to get money for them doing their normal activities.
For a final point and this is the funniest and most important part of the story,
they have not even filed a report to the police nor have I been contacted by the police never mind been cautioned/warned by them.
All in all I wanted to share this story to show how desperate the RLP are to try and get people to cave into their nature.
Keep up the awesome work informing people on here everyone, you do stellar work.
Also forgot to add, the latest letter is signed by not an individual but by the "claims department"