Alabama woman arrested for shoplifting, awarded $2.1 Million

Alabama woman arrested for shoplifting, awarded $2.1 Million

An Alabama woman, Lesleigh Nurse of Semmes arrested for shoplifting by Walmart has been awarded $2.1 Million in damages by a mobile county jury.

The woman said she was falsely arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart and then threatened by the company after her case was dismissed.

According to AL.com, the woman said in a lawsuit that in November 2016 she was stopped when trying to leave a Walmart with groceries she said she already paid for.

She said she used self-checkout but the scanning device apparently froze. Workers didn’t accept her explanation and she was arrested for shoplifting.

A year later, her case was dismissed but then she received letters from a Florida law firm threatening a civil suit if she didn’t pay $200 as a settlement. That was more than the cost of the groceries she was accused of stealing.

Nurse said Walmart instructed the law firm to send the letters and that she wasn’t the only one receiving them. Her attorney said it’s a tactic Walmart uses to bully some customers into paying when they have not been found guilty of a crime.

“The defendants have engaged in a pattern and practice of falsely accusing innocent Alabama citizens of shoplifting and thereafter attempting to collect money from the innocently accused,” the suit contended.

During the trial, testimony was heard that Walmart and other major retailers routinely use such settlements in states where laws allow it and that Walmart made hundreds of millions of dollars this way in a two-year period.

However, Defense attorneys for Walmart argued that the practice is legal in Alabama.

AL.com reports that the company will be filing motions in this case because it doesn’t “believe the verdict is supported by the evidence and the damages awarded exceed what is allowed by law.”

Author: Greg