Port Saint Lucie, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: I left a store this morning and when later looking at my reciept I realized one item ($16) wasn’t on there.

Feeling guilty and paranoid I will be charged. Should I go back to the store and pay for it or will that only draw more attention to me? I am finding contradicting answers to this question online. Thank you!

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Leonard Louis Cagan
Leonard Louis Cagan
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ocala, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Difficult question, but it is my opinion that doing the "right thing" is typically the best way to go. I believe that bringing the item and receipt back to the store with the intent to pay for the item will negate any intent associated with theft. Depending on the store, you can call and ask to speak to the manager before going back if you think the item might set off any type of alarm on the way in. I'm sure others may feel differently.

Good luck.


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