The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration and gift-giving. However, it can also be a time of increased stress and anxiety for shoppers, especially when they are worried about being accused of shoplifting. While most people have nothing to worry about, there are certain shopping actions that can be easily mistaken for shoplifting.
Rowsey & Stelter, Attorneys at Law wants to warn holiday shoppers of specific actions that may be construed as shoplifting or indicate that you are shoplifting. We also offer some tips for avoiding false accusations of shoplifting that may complicate your holiday season.
Leading Actions that Can Result in Shoplifting Accusations
Beware of these common actions or activities that cause store workers to watch you closely and can lead to shoplifting accusations:
- Trying on Clothes in the Fitting Room: Trying on clothes in the fitting room is a common and necessary part of the shopping experience. However, it can also be mistaken for shoplifting if you are not careful. When trying on clothes, make sure to bring only the items you intend to try on into the fitting room. Avoid bringing bags or other items with you, as this can make it look like you are trying to conceal something. If you are using a coat or jacket to try on clothes, make sure to leave it outside the fitting room, where it can be easily seen.
- Carrying a Large Bag or Backpack: Carrying a large bag or backpack can also be mistaken for shoplifting, especially if you are browsing through the store without picking up any items. If you need to carry a bag or backpack, make sure to keep it open and easily accessible. Avoid placing it on the floor or behind shelves, as this can make it look like you are trying to conceal something.
- Putting Items in Your Pocket: Putting items in your pocket is a common mistake that can easily be mistaken for shoplifting. If you need to carry something, make sure to hold it in your hand or place it in a shopping bag. Avoid putting items in your pocket, as this can make it look like you are trying to conceal something. If you accidentally put an item in your pocket, make sure to take it out and place it back on the shelf.
- Hiding Items in Merchandise: Hiding items in merchandise is a common tactic used by shoplifters. If you are holding an item and decide you no longer want it, make sure to place it back on the shelf or hand it to a store employee. Avoid hiding items in other merchandise, as this can make it look like you are trying to steal the item.
- Not Making Eye Contact with Store Employees: Not making eye contact with store employees can also be mistaken for shoplifting. If you are browsing through the store, make sure to acknowledge the presence of store employees. Avoid looking nervous or fidgety, as this can make it look like you are trying to conceal something.
Roswell, GA, Shoplifting Defense Attorney
There are many holiday shopping actions that can be mistaken for shoplifting, but with some awareness and conscious effort, these actions can be avoided. If you are accused of shoplifting this holiday season, contact Rowsey & Stelter, Attorneys at Law immediately to get help.
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