I’ve been stupid and was caught shoplifting in Sainsburys and looking for some advice.
I’ve searched the forum for similar situations, but I still have a few questions.
I was taken to the back office office and asked for my name, DOB and address.
I didn’t want to give them photo ID so showed them my bank card.
They appeared to just look at it to confirm my name and didn’t take any photocopies of it as far as I’m aware.
I was very compliant, stayed calm, handed over the items immediately (very low cost: less than £9 in total which I then paid in full before leaving).
I was then given a lifetime ban letter and was escorted to customer services where I paid for the items and then I was free to go.
I apologised and asked numerous times if they were going to call the police and/or if the police will come to my address.
They kept saying they weren’t going to call the police and that if police were to be involved they’d have called them then and there.
I’m at university and they did say that it’s not worth getting a criminal record over etc, warned me not to do it again, and gave me the printed off letter.
From reading the forum and just common sense, I’m assuming that this is not currently and will not escalate to a criminal/police matter since they weren’t contacted and that this isn’t a criminal record (i.e not a charge, caution, etc) and will not appear on any background checks?
I was told I will be getting a letter regarding compensation charges but from reading here it appears it’ll be a standard comp charge which I don’t have to pay?
I understand they’ll keep writing to me but I gave my university address and barely get post sent there anyway so hardly ever even check my pigeon hole.
Is it safe to just forget about it and ignore the letters which I’ll be sent (but probably never get...)
I’m also of the understanding that I’d only have to pay if any loss occurred and because I paid for the items in full, there’s no loss right?
Plus they can’t charge me for wages/time already being paid for (security etc).
my questions are as follows, any help would be much appreciated:
1. Why did they ask my DOB (I just don’t see how that’s relevant, what can they do with that info)?
2. Since I gave my university address if I don’t respond and just ignore their compensation letters will they contact my university and ask for my home/permanent address?
3. I paid for the items on my debit card, could they either track me and further personal details, including home address, from that?
4. I’ve seen a template of a response to the letter basically saying no further correspondence will be entered into. Is it better to just completely ignore their letters or send something like that back to them?
5. As queried in my post, would it be safe to just ignore the letters and put this behind me? I’m stupid and have learnt a big lesson today, so please, no judgement. Am I right to think this will not escalate to a police matter (providing I don’t go back into a Sainsburys store)?
6. Is there anything I should know or do, anything that will put my mind at ease.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Oh and when I said that I gave my university address I meant my halls of residence uni building (as opposed to a private rented student house) hence I’m worried they could ask my university for further details/my home address since my address given basically is the university.