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Hi guys.

 

Firstly i apologise for creating a thread similar to those posted but my situation seems slightly different to those i have came across as i did in fact admit i was guilty and police were called. The threads i came across didn't seem to involve police.

 

I did in fact shoplift from boots around 2 years ago, police were called and i admitted i was guilty. Attended police station and paid a fixed penalty notice of £80 so i didnt have to attend court.

 

received a letter from boots not long after asking for payment of £147.50 which i threw in the bin. Although i admitted guilt i was not prepared to pay for 1 mistake twice.

 

2 years later i have received a letter from County Collections Ltd on behalf of boots saying they were instructed to recover the outstanding liability against me... if i fail to pay or contact them within 7 days boots may issue legal proceeding against me whih may incur further costs etc. Also informing me that unsatisfied CCJ may result in my credit rating being affected.

 

So, my question is.. what should i do now?

 

I obviously admitted to the police i was guilty, but the way i see it is i paid the fixed penalty notice so why should i pay further costs?

 

I understand the amount they are asking for is to cover losses etc.. the items i stole were re-sellable as i didn't actually damage anything and they were recovered by the store.

 

The security guard also added to the total items which i had paid for which i asked to tske home with me upon showing them my receipt which i was allowed to do so i guess the amount of items they want to recover is wrong. also the security guards time whilst dealing with me.. he infact sat looking at his camera and caught another shoplifter whilst we were waiting for the police to arrive, so did not infact keep him away from his job at all.

 

Do boots actually ever take court action for these amounts?

 

The surname on the letter is also spelled incorrectly, if that makes any difference :-D

 

Thanks in advance.

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Nothing is going to happen. Just ignore it. The only thing you ever need take any notice of is a court stamped letter and the chances of that are incredibly small bordering non existent.

 

What you have there is a scare letter taking one last pop at you to see if you are gullible enough to pay up.

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Well basicllythey send you letters until you are so worried you pay up.

 

They have no more legal powers than you or me, they just happen to buy wholesale red and black ink and have a computer to churn out threat letters.

 

I really would not worry about this. They will soon get bored and turn their attention to some mug who looks like they will pay up.

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By the way, the clue is in their use of the word 'may. They may take you to court, but at the same time, they may not.

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the clue is in their use of the word 'may. They may take you to court, but at the same time, they may not.

 

In light of the Oxford case, it is more likely that they probably won't take you to court. County Collections Ltd certainly would not be able to take action in their own name, and I doubt Boots would bother either. Are you sure the original demand for £147.50 came from Boots, or was it someone like RLP claiming to be acting on their behalf ?

 

If you haven't already done so, have a look at these two threads:

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?356933-Oxford-Retail-Loss-Prevention-A-Retailer

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?237416-Civil-Recovery-the-CAB-report

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Hi and welcome to CAG. You haven't just turned 18 have you? that is usually what happens with RLP when they chase a juvenile however, this debt collector may be acting for boots but you can bet that it is RLP who have instructed them, probably on a no win no fee basis.

 

Let us get this absolutely straight. The security guard would have been paid whether or not you were apprehended so their costs cannot be recovered. The goods were recovered AND you were charged for them without actually getting them so there is NO LOSS. They chose to incur costs in sending out their begging letters, not you so they can sod off there too.

 

What can RLP claim? Nothing, Nada, Zilch..geddit!!!

 

Only Boots can instigate legal action but the chances are nil. It would cost them more than they would recover and since the Oxford case (listed above) no other store has either.

 

The only time to get worried is on the very unlikely event of court papers. Ignore the fools.

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