The first thing that you need to know is that there is an accidental shoplifting law. This has nothing to do with your bank account or your credit score, it’s about your rights.
While accidental shoplifting isn’t a criminal violation, it is a civil offense. So if you steal something from a store and the person in charge isn’t watching, you could be fined up to $500. If the store is in your home, you’d face the jail sentence.
The good news is that you are not alone in this. Many other people have the same idea, and there are many other people who are trying to find out just what the law really means. The bad news is that you can be fined up to $500, and that can be a real financial burden.
Most of us shop around for our clothes or for shoes or accessories or whatever. But what if you shop around and you happen to shop on the wrong day? Is it a breach of your privacy or is it a breach of your rights? When we talk about privacy, we mean your own personal privacy, like the information you would leave behind if you were caught shoplifting. We mean personal privacy, not your own personal information.
The laws on this are complex and are not made clear in the law. But we do know that the shoplifting laws aren’t the only laws you have to abide by. If you shop on the wrong day we know that you’re committing a crime and that there is a fine. What about the rest? What about the shoplifting laws? Well, in California, you can shop and not shop at the same time. You can shop to be a tourist and not shop at your own store.
People with a little bit of self-awareness can be very tempted to get caught. But if you’re a tourist and you’re in a store with a security guard who’s looking for a place to shop, we know that you’re not doing this. Our goal in using self-awareness in this situation is to prevent shoplifting.
The problem with shoplifting is that it is a lot less visible than other crimes. There are very few laws preventing shoplifting, and shoplifting laws are often vague or just plain stupid. To be a little more specific, in California, you can buy food in a grocery store and not buy groceries at the same time. If you shop at a grocery store that has a lot of food, then youre not allowed to shop at your own store.
In this situation, when we shop, we also choose to buy cosmetics, so we’re not allowed to buy food and then go buy cosmetics. The same rule applies to our purchases from other stores, so youre not allowed to buy food and then shop for cosmetics.
What this means is that if we had been in a supermarket and decided to buy cosmetics, we would have had to stop at our own store first. If we had decided to shop for cosmetics, we would have had to stop at the other store first. The laws in California are meant to prevent consumers from stealing from each other.