Back in April of this year I was doing business in my local Walmart. Made my bank deposit (some of the money was for a generator), picked up my medication (ms contin, and took one of the pills)and went to pick out a generator that my wife and I had talked about. We were to meet each other back in the front of the store in 30 min's by either the pharmacy area or the checkouts.
Well I was looking at the 2 generators they were selling and I had decieded to get the bigger generator (the last one the had of that model), it was not that much more and I figured my wife would agree but wanted to ask her anyways. Well I still had some time to kill so I went out to play around with their riding mowers and such (a guy thing I guess you could say).
Well walmart keeps them just outside the gate in the garden department. I started out the gates and a lady asked me for a receipt, I explained to her that I had not paid for it yet and was just going out side the gates no further than the mower area (something I have done many times before, looking at flowers, potting soil, and other plants). She told me that they had moved them inside the store next to a second door along with the weed eaters, so I turned around and headed that way. After getting to the area she mentioned I did not see any riding mowers but they did have weed-eaters & push mowers and my weed-eater is getting old and I have to leave it choked sometimes to get it to run.
After checking out the weed-eaters I checked my phone for the time and had noticed more time had gone by than I thought so I headed to our meeting place. She was not in front of the pharmacy or in the general area that I could see so I went up to the register area. I walked through the center of the self check-outs (about the only place you can walk threw seeing everything in the checkout area) looking for my wife and son and stopped in the front of the store for a few min's and waited.
I guess after a few min's 4 or 5 I would say I figured I would check to see if she had gone to the car or was shopping outside for stuff they put on the sidewalk, so I went threw the first door and stopped breifly for a sec to tell the lady what I was going to do but she was checking a guys bags because the alarm had went off.
Well I figured I would just step just outside the door so I could see the car clearly and both ways on the sidewalks and stopped I would say 4 or 6 ft from the door so I would not be in anybodies way exiting the store but I was still behind the red poles in front of the store within feet of stuff they sell their. I guess about 10 sec's past and I was again asked for my receipt, I told the two security guys I had not paid for the item yet and was looking for my son and wife. They told me that I needed to bring the generator back in the store and I told them no problem.
After getting back inside the door I was asked to come with them to the back of the store. Well after a few min's of being in their security room I was told they were going to file charges for theft or shoplifting.
I tried to explain to them that I was not trying to steal the generator, I had just made a deposit to cover the purchase (over 700.00 dollars and there was 3700.00 in that account and over 2000.00 in another) but they were not going to liten to anything I had to say. I explained to them I would never do this that they could even check with the bank located there in walmart. Although I am currently in-active with TDCJ-ID for a WC injury I am still considered an employee and this type of charge would complacate me in going back to my job once they are finished doing surgies. I do what I can to help people all the time, do free or very cheap computer work, sell stuff at just about my cost and sometime sell at cost, volenteer at the fire department, worked with the sheriff's depart in the past, etc.
I do not steal or shoplift. My landlord even told me that night after getting bailed out that he would have re-embursed me for the cost because I was going to be using it on his property.
The security officer told my wife that this was probobly a mistake but I did try and walk out two doors. I mean their own security gaurd does not even believe it 100% but they are going ahead with charges. I did nothing that day I had not done many times before there as well as Lowes & Home Depot. I could see their point if I was going across the parking lot but I was behind the red poles that protect the doors from cars driving into the store.
This is unreal and keeps me up at night, my doctor has even put me on ativan along with my other 13 medictions 5 of which are norcotic. Although this is a quick summury this is what happened to me. I am pretty sure I got all the things correct but it is late and my meds are taking effect.
Please forgive all the mis-spellings. I need my spell checker, lol