Chattanooga, TN asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Tennessee

Q: Iam i in trouble

I had customer steak from my store, i posted their Picture and video on facebook. The parent text me and said the will s

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Posting a customer's picture and video on Facebook, especially in relation to an accusation of theft, can lead to legal complications. This action raises concerns about privacy, defamation, and potentially other civil rights issues.

If the person depicted in the video or photo is a minor, this further complicates the situation, as minors have additional protections under the law. The parents' objection and potential legal action should be taken seriously.

It's important to consider the implications of publicly sharing such content, even if you believe the customer committed theft. Store owners often have other avenues to address theft, such as filing a report with local law enforcement.

Given the potential legal consequences, it would be advisable to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and responsibilities in this situation. An attorney can guide you on the appropriate steps to take, which may include removing the post and understanding how to lawfully handle similar situations in the future.

Remember, while protecting your business is important, it's also crucial to do so in a manner that respects legal boundaries and the rights of individuals involved. Legal guidance can help balance these considerations.

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