Jimin Chen received two letters from a law firm hired by Home Depot (HD). The first demanded payment of $350 to settle claims that he shoplifted from a California store. According to Chen, he was wrongly accused of taking two pairs of work gloves (priced at $3.99 each) when he purchased $1,500 worth of merchandise. A second letter demanded $625. Both letters included five ways he could pay, and both threatened legal action if he didn’t.
Chen didn’t pay. Instead, on Sept. 5, he filed a class-action lawsuit (PDF) in California Superior Court, alleging that Home Depot is shaking down customers for arbitrary and unjust damages for shoplifting charges and using false threats of criminal prosecution. There are laws in all 50 states that allow retailers to claim damages from shoplifters. Chen accuses the retailer of using the California law, which limits payments to $500, “to intimidate consumers into paying money to which Home Depot is not entitled
We don' t know the wording on the document he signed in the store, part of it was he will not visit the store for 90 days. Could have been a agreement that he not visit the store in exchange for HD not taking criminal action.
HD has video hi res cameras, be interesting to see the video but we never will get to see it.
If he was indeed 'wrongfully accused' why did he not tell HD to return his lumber order?
Why is it that you suck up to a company that hires illegals and lies about it? Are you on the HD payroll? If you are a man of integrity, answer honestly. Are you being paid by Home Depot to refute each and every claim here?