Huron, OH asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio

Q: My question is, can they do that? Agree to $85 being the amount repaid, and then demand an additional $200 or be sued.

I was working for a pet store/supply company, and stole $85 worth of merchandise due to financial issues I’ve been having. I apologized, admitted to my wrong actions, and even agreed to pay back the $85 which is the amount a cooperate representative of the company agreed was the correct amount needed to be repaid. I was put on suspension after signing an apology letter and saying I wasn’t threatened to pay this back. Then about 2 weeks later, fired. Today I received a letter from the company’s law firm that dealt with theft situations saying they want $285 or else they will sue me. Since only $85 was agreed on, can they do that?

1 Lawyer Answer
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: First, yes, they can sue you. There is a statute that allows merchants to sue for statutory damages of $200 from thieves to help defray the costs of loss prevention. But they probably won't. They simply cannot win enough money to make it worth the time. In many courts it costs more than $200 to file a lawsuit.

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