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Hello everyone

yesterday out of stupidity and mostly boredom if i'm completely honest

I attempted to shoplift a pair of £15 headphones from Tkmaxx,

this is my first time ever shoplifting.

 

 

Once being caught I was asked to come back into the store halfway down the street,

upon entering some little room in side the shop I was searched and my bag and proof of my age,

 

 

i showed him my provisional , being a bit nervous and realized how silly it was of me to do this

I said to the man sorry etc and for wasting his time.

 

 

Until he goes on to tell me i'm going to be getting a fine from the so called "RLP" and would have to pay 'debt' for losses , administrative costs ,investigation costs and time wasting which I believe is an absolute joke, especially after doing a bit of research these fines can be up to £190!

 

 

The headphones were returned to the shop in pristine condition,

i'm not bothered if they get the police involved all they will do is give me a caution for such a petty mistake.

 

Does the RLP have any sort of legal right,

or are they just preying on the vulnerable to make a profit,

as I am certainly not going to pay that fine,

 

 

is there any way I can get around it or send them a letter back to end this.

Although this happened just yesterday I will keep everyone updated when I get the letter from the RLP

Thanks for reading

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IT IS NOT A FINE. Neither the Police or Courts will become involved.

 

RLP is just a civil request and there is no further action if you did not pay.

I believe there have been a few occasions where they tried to gain a CCJ and they failed.

The amount they ask for could not be justified.

There was no loss, just staff time dealing with you.

 

BUT you must not do this again.

Stores do keep temporary records for a period and if you are caught again trying to steal from TKMaxx or other stores in the area, the Police will be called and there could be consequences e.g criminal conviction or Police caution.


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Thankyou for swift reply, its definitley something I will not be doing again, would you suggest ignoring the letters completely or writing back to them saying I am not going to pay.

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How long will they keep this up the letters etc for?

 

If you search on CAG using the search bar for TKMaxx or RLP, you can read threads, so can see what other people have experienced.


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I have done thanks but I haven't found a thread in which their situation has been completely solved if you know what I mean , does anyone else have any other advice?

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That is because it is never resolved. RLP will write for a few months and then give up.

 

In many cases you won't find a complete beginning to end story online, as people ask for advice about an issue and that is all they needed.


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Hi and welcome to CAG

 

Other members have given you excellent advice so I will try and flesh out a bit.

 

Firstly, nearly every shoplifting case is never shown as resolved as once people realise that RLP are full of bovine excrement, they don't bother updating us which is frustrating but also good news. If RLP followed through with their puerile threats, the threads would be much longer. Remember, RLP can do nothing. TKMaxx could take action if they chose to but they would fall foul of the law should they try and claim in the courts.

TKMaxx got the headphones back= no loss there. Security are paid whether or not they catch a shoplifter= no loss there either so how do they come up with these figures? RLP state that each case costs between £300 and £500 but never show how this figure comes about. They also state that all they are chasing for is a proportionate sum as a deterrent. Total BS.

 

In 2012, a retailer with the assistance of RLP took action against two teenage girls and they tried to justify the amount claimed. They failed! Since that time and as far as I am aware no further actions have been taken. Why? Simple, they know that the sums claimed are fictitious.

 

So, you will get the first letter quite soon and it looks like they have a case. No! Once you ignore them, they will send a few more letters and they will state that they will consider further action. What further action bearing in mind that RLP can do nothing to you, ever. More letters of course. Once they have run out of their template letters, they pass the 'Undisputed Sum' to a debt collector who will send some more letters. The debt collector has as much power over you that I have.None!

 

Treat it like a game because that is how RLP treat it. A numbers game. For every case we see here I would suspect that another 3-4 cases that don't research RLP and pay up.

 

You shoplifted. You got caught. No police involvement. That is is. Finished. Obviously don't do this again as it makes us look silly giving out advice which has no effect.


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how to deal with RLP letters = flush after use!


:mad2::-x:jaw::sad:

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100% haha I'm quite excited to get my first one if i'm honest see what it says

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do not be so flamboyant - situations can change against you! at the end of the day you should be learning a lesson, as another time attitudes could back fire on you, we may make comments but just to liven up some depression some people get in some situations, but we do condone theft, it is just the method some companies try to take unfair advantage of persons no knowledge of real situation!


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I am 100% aware and have learnt my lesson and regret my stupid action heavily, however I strongly disagree the idea of private companies trying to suck money out of people especially when the amounts are so extortionate.

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how to deal with RLP letters = flush after use!

 

NOOO! That image fills me with dread. Think 'Paper Cut' :lol:

 

100% haha I'm quite excited to get my first one if i'm honest see what it says

 

Tut Tut. Wrong attitude I'm afraid but I see where you are coming from so no harm no foul.

 

I am 100% aware and have learnt my lesson and regret my stupid action heavily, however I strongly disagree the idea of private companies trying to suck money out of people especially when the amounts are so extortionate.

 

This is good. no one is allowed to profit from crime and if your case got to a court hearing (Won't Happen) the rules of betterment will come into play. All a retailer can claim is the losses to put themselves back into the position they were in before the offence and as the goods were recovered, they can't claim that aspect.


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I completely agree with what you are all saying,however upon realizing how nonsense the RLP is and how unnecessary their position is in this situation, any sort of fee for them would be completely unnecessary as TKMAXX got their product back in the condition they were selling it in. Its like someone randomly posting you a letter asking money which they are not entitled to.

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the reason why their claims for money dont hold water is because they are claiming for things that are already paid for as part of running a business so under the rules of "betterment" cannot be charged for again.

 

 

Also,

RLP is a third party so they cannot make decisions or take action for themselves.

 

 

They have made some rather outrageous claims of authority in the past but beware,

one day the shops and RLP will realise where it as all going wrong and start going about thing in a different way so that you are obliged to pay up.

(no I wont post up how they shoudl do it because they will again get a bunch of bandits involved in a sound idea and it will all go horribly wrong)

 

So, if you feel tempted to swat away this warning and dont learn from it you may come unstuck the next time.

 

 

You may see it as petty and in cash terms it is but as a cumulative thing it is massive.

 

 

One of the supermarkets reckoned they could halve the price of the own brand tinned food if it wasnt for shoplifting and staff pilfering across the store and they would get a lot of sympathy from the powers that be by selling this fact as a way of helping the poor and clobbering the criminals.

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'preying on the vulnerable' Unbelievable, if you were not stealing someone elses private property then this would never have happened. The sense of entitlement is truly amazing. If some street filth attempted to relieve me of my property they would be getting a bit more than a letter. It would be more RIP than RLP. Its amazing when one goes through these shoplifting threads that it was all their 'first time' stealing from a store because they were bored or had 'a moment of madness'. It sounds more like career criminals looking for a way out than genuine remorse.

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'preying on the vulnerable' Unbelievable, if you were not stealing someone elses private property then this would never have happened. The sense of entitlement is truly amazing. If some street filth attempted to relieve me of my property they would be getting a bit more than a letter. It would be more RIP than RLP. Its amazing when one goes through these shoplifting threads that it was all their 'first time' stealing from a store because they were bored or had 'a moment of madness'. It sounds more like career criminals looking for a way out than genuine remorse.

 

I see from other threads that you have your flag nailed firmly to the wall. The RLP forum is not a place to 'have a go'. You may have noticed that on this forum we firmly say that ALL cases of theft should be dealt with by the only people that have the power to do so. The Police.

 

Let us be clear, career shoplifters are not going to come here for advice as we do spot them quite quickly as they brag about what they have done and are likely to give a false name and address to security. These are the ones that get very little help.

 

By referring each case to the Police, they are the in the best position to decide what to do. A simple caution all the way up to full arrest and charge. We don't know the background to the threads on here so we go with what we have. Career shoplifters don't pour out their hearts on this forum. These are the reasons why we are here. Giving them a place to talk anonymously and to give them the advice they need about what RLP and to a lesser extent DWF do in their efforts to recoup alleged losses however, they charge fixed sums so this cannot be a true figure.

 

While I'm not perfect at spotting mental health issues, I tend to be able to spot some where the advice is to go and see a GP. I have yet to see where you state a 'sense of entitlement'. All I see are desperate people in need of help.

Having said all this, I do find your post rather disingenuous to people that need help. You have obviously led a perfect life and never even stole a pen from work.


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