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Caught shoplifting, do I pay the fine?

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  • Kirklorder
    started a topic Caught shoplifting, do I pay the fine?

    Caught shoplifting, do I pay the fine?

    Been caught shoplifting from Superdrug today, a total of £31 of stuff, I don't know why I did it as I have the money to pay for it all, the lady that caught me was dressed in casual clothing and caught me once I had left the store and the alarms had gone off. Police were not called as she said I had shown remorse and it was clear it was a one off and that I was terrified, so no Police involvement. My details were taken and I have been put on a civil recovery scheme and have been told to expect a letter demanding a fine. I am only 18 and live with my parents who cannot find out, first question is what will the envelope look like, e.g. will it have the RLP logo on it?
    Secondly, it has come to my attention that many people choose not to pay the RLP as they cannot do anything, this scares me as will superdrug pass on my details to the police if I don't pay the fine? Also, I move cities due to going to uni in September, which means my address will change, how long (if I don't pay the fine) will this carry on for as I don't want my parents opening letters in my absence and finding out.
    This is my first time ever being in trouble and I truly am sorry, I obviously returned the goods and they were in a resellable condition, I feel sick thinking about any possible record I may have even though the in store detective said I would not get a record for this.

    Overall, How will the envelope look? How long will this last if I don't pay the fine? How much is the fine likely to be? What are the future repercussions of this?

  • Amethyst
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    Maybe they've just guessed, or gone of the amount of the returned goods and shop name and made assumptions from there, or maybe they're just randomly sending these letters out...strange way to go about it but simply meant to intimidate I assume.

    On their comments regarding costs regardless of the ultimate outcome of a court claim, they should bear in mind that they too would need to follow the proper pre-action protocols - well, their client would need to, because RLP simply cannot issue a claim in their own name.

    If Superdrug issue an actual pre-action letter you will respond to that requesting the full breakdown of the amount claimed and evidence of such.

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  • Kirklorder
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    Ah okay makes sense, here is the letter anyway

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  • des8
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    Companies who send out multiple demands for payments (eg debt collectors, parking companies, civil recovery companies) know that a proportion of the people they target will seek advice from online forums.
    These people will generally then dispute the claim, and cost those companies .
    Companies will therefore regularly try and rubbish the advice that is being given.
    As the postings are normally anonymous the companies send generic letters such as the one you have received in an attempt to persuade their target to ignore the advice

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  • Kirklorder
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    My username has nothing whatsoever to do with me which is strange, but anyway, itís all standard and nothing new or to worry about?

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  • Amethyst
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    nope nothing .... but maybe your username isn't quite random enough ? Nice to know Jackies still paying attention though

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  • Amethyst
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    Hmmm be interesting to see that letter - nothing identifiable has been posted ( I'll check back through )

    Thanks for the envelope - I'll add it to the examples for others xxx

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  • Kirklorder
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    What do you mean?

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  • des8
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    Yes, and it matters not from whom you seek advice.

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  • Kirklorder
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    Received another letter today saying ďit appears you have been seeking advice from an Internet forum. Following such advice does not assist because it doesnít address the facts of this particular caseĒ is this also standard?

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  • Kirklorder
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    Here you go, it says RLP in the return address which is quite small so unless family members were aware of what the company is for they would be non the wiser, and just checking that the letter is 100% standard and nothing to worry about? Also thank you for everything I canít express how much you guys have helped put my mind to rest

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  • Amethyst
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    Oooo also ... can you do a pic of the envelope ( we get asked a lot if it's identifiable )

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  • Amethyst
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    Ahhh ok it sounded like it was going to be related to the preceding sentence but no, same old tosh then...

    For future ref tho if using phone to do pics - then after taking pic, do a screenshot then upload that - still readable but far smaller mb to upload xxx

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  • Kirklorder
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    I keep trying but whenever I try to upload it tells me the dimensions are too large, the attached info includes a section on how to make a payment, contact details, legal advice (saying to seek medical advice if you donít understand), language translation and a data protection notice, it also includes a double A4 on frequently asked questions, it looks quite generic

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  • Amethyst
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    Do you have ( and can you post ) the 'attached information please ? ( mentioned end of paragraph 2)

    thank you xx

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