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I have been a complete idiot. I had not been paid by my employer and needed food, I stole £53 worth of stuff from Waitrose in a shopping centre. 
I went to the self check out, paid for a Diet Coke and exited before stopped by a security guard. 

dumb I know and I regret it. Not just because I was caught but because there are other ways to deal with being hungry than to steal.

I went with the security guy and he kept shouting at me to sit down in their back room which I did. I asked what was going to happen (I have never been in this situation before) and he screamed at me to sit down. I offered to pay but he wouldn’t answer me.  I was scared (there were other employees but still) I tried to leave and he then called the police and locked the door.

I told the staff I was having a panic attack, visibly shaking and heavy breathing  clearly scared, they didn’t do anything. I was digging my nails into my arm and again nothing . I mentioned I had anxiety and depression - asking to get air but noting. 

I had wait until the shopping centre staff came and I spoke to them. Again apologetic and offered to pay and they said that t was not in their hands but Waitrose. Long story short the police attended (3 big guys). I was in this small room still scared with 2 security staff, 1 member of Waitrose staff and 3 police. Again I offered to pay but they refused. As it was £53 they were wanting to prosecute. 

long story short, the police were decent and said they could tell it was a first offence and decided to not go further. They asked for some details which I gave BUT they were not 100% correct. 

I gave a shorter first name, my middle name as my surname and the wrong year of DOB (made myself 2 yrs and one month younger). I am also staying in an Airbnb at the minute (long story in itself but I had subsidence so had to fork out £5k for insurance excess and am in airbnbs until it is solved ) so the address is right but I have no formal association to that address. I also gave the wrong email and phone number. 

They did ask if I had ID which I actually did not have (not purposefully but just true) and the police did not bother to verify the info I gave and accepted me at my word ( I have a posh accent and was not being aggressive, clearly close to tears so didn’t push me) 


they recovered all the goods - they were resalable. I also refused a picture on “religious” grounds and they said they would use the cctv pics which is fine with me.
 

I am also banned from the shopping centre  for 6 months which I am fine with and banned from Waitrose etc. I actually used work for JohnLewis during uni so don’t know how they could practically enforce this and I’ll be honest, I am a generic looking person who stole £50 - I am not a big fish so doubt they will bat an eyelid. Also due to get married soon so my name will change. 


security escorted me out and the lady guard who just came on duty was super lovely. Spent 30 mins talking to me and suggested I make a complaint as she could see I was distressed and the raw skin on my arms from where I had dug my nails in. even though I was in the wrong, the staff has a duty of care which the maybe did not do. I am not going to go down that route - I think it would be so cheeky to complain as a shoplifter. 

So my question

- I am at the Airbnb for another few weeks so if a letter came from a civil recovery agent (believe RLP seem to be the most likely) I am expecting a fine for £150 ish (according to be guidelines in the pdf doc I have seen in other threads) which I would pay - I am in the wrong and would have no sympathy if I was in their shoes. But the thing I am more scared of is the potential data base thing I have seen people mention. 
 

I am probably over reacting (there is no tangible link or way they could “find” me) and I would not let the demand for money go unpaid. But I am applying for jobs that require enhanced DBS and background checks so am scared this will be flagged.

Again, I made my bed and need to lie in it.

Can anyone shed light on their “database”.

Appreciate people want to talk about then fine or whatever you want to call it but I am more interested in my data and how they share it. 

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totally forget it ever happened

no-one can FINE you, least of all the scamming RLP lot.

the database is fictional and most certainly would not, even if it did exist have ANY INPUT to the PNC system etc.

so 

in one line

forget it ever happened..nothing no-one can ever do. nothing can ever hurt you going FWD.

 

dx

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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so what?

what part of there is nothing they can do is not sinking in........

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Sorry if I am being annoying ! I am just scared - guess that’s the point right ? 
 

not a very good deterrent if they don’t scare people. I’ll hold my hands up to the fine but it’s the long term impact on my employability. Get that they are a civil company not the police so I should count myself lucky that the pol is didn’t take it further ! That could have really screwed me over 

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where does anything say it's a FINE.

only a court can fine anyone. and the police are not interest.

i suggest you read a good few threads in this very forum.

fake 'civil restoration' claims are a SCAM.

there are NO LINKS whatsoever between shopping centre or shop retailer security/theft incidents into any legal system/database or records any gov't agency system....end of...

 

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Thanks for the insight. Yeah have been doing some reading on the forums and seen mention of Cireco as the owner of the Dishonesty Register but looking at companies house they were dissolved in 2022. 
 

there is no mention of such a register on RLP’s website (assuming this was not always there case according to other threads). I will wait and see what comes through the post 

only reason I posted my own q and not accept the answer from other threads is some of them are a bit older so not sure if there have been changes et. 

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no changes at all and never can be...stop being scammed 

forget it ....go enjoy you life 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Hi.

To add to what dx has said, it would be best to view this as a lucky escape and never shoplift again. It could be a lot worse another time, so I would remember how you felt at the time after you were caught and how you feel now if you're tempted again. As you say, there are other ways of getting food.

Theft is becoming a major problem and from what I've read recently, stores are stepping up their security including face recognition cameras for people who have been seen stealing in their shop.

Perhaps you should talk to your GP about this and see if you can get extra support if your mental health issues could have been part of the problem.

HB

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100% wake up call. I would rather starve than face the humiliation and shame of being in that room again - I guess that’s the point of the process and why they treat you that way. probably wouldn’t impact career criminals but it has “scared me straight” 

I am a worrier hence why I immediately posted asking for help (this all happened yesterday evening). My biggest concern is what happens next ? I know you both say nothing but that seems too good to be true 

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It's hard to say what happens next as every case is different. If you gave the right address, you'll probably hear from RLP by letter but they can't do anything to you. They can recommend that Waitrose go to court but I don't see that happening. I expect Waitrose know that he last large retailer who was persuaded to go to court by RLP came out of it so badly that they asked for their name to be kept out of it.

I would stay away from that Waitrose for a while.

HB

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In most areas you can go to Citizens Advice or local Council office to request voucher for a food bank.

Shop lifting one off incidents are 99.9% dealt with as RLP. It is repeat offenders that face being prosecuted.

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Also, I suspect from the tone of your posts that you may still consider paying their £150 "invoice" (if it appears) because you were in the wrong...

Do NOT be tempted  pay a penny, simply because you feel guilty!

All the best for the future.

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