Caught Shoplifting


That would be against the principles of Law. Don’t worry, really. She was disgusted and upset, that’s why she treated you like that. But she doesn’t think of this anymore.

If you feel so ashamed, you should do something for the community. For example, there are many people in need of basic things. You could redeem yourself by taking some actions. Do you know when I had my last beer?

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Unless you would overcome(I’m not sure this is the word meaning what I intend to say, though) that kind of feelings by yourself, no matter how much we soothe/appease/assure you, you maybe cannot stop worrying.

If you have a difficulty to deal with this situation by yourself, it would be better to seek some professional support on your mental side as well a legal side. As in @Throwaway’s post.

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meia, did you feel ashamed between your “successful” action of stealing and store’s phone call? Unlikely, and this is a price you’re paying now. Just face it and learn it. You won’t get the answers and release now anyway. Although the chances are reasonably low, the truth is it may come out of the blue during following 1/2 year. FYI in my most recent case it took almost 5 months to hear from prosecutors. Other cases took similar time just to be summoned, not for the final outcome.

I know where you’re coming from, but she doesn’t need more of that. She’s already regret her actions, probably not for the right reasons, but she won’t probably do it again. She’s also a kid, come on… and what she did, while being definitively wrong, is not that terrible.

Lawyers hear horrible things all the time. A student who shoplifted and is ashamed of it is nothing to them.

Jesus is right. If you have a guilty conscience, find a reputable organization and do some volunteer work. :slight_smile:

(Make sure you do the volunteer work legally, of course.)

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Contact the Community Center in Tienmu for help with counselling. The web address is They have counsellors who might be able to help you, as well.

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I’ll take a different approach and don’t take this the wrong way…

Stop coming back to this thread to update us. I think I can speak for most of us here and say, we do appreciate you coming back. It’s nice to know that our advice helped you in some way. It also helps others that may have similar cases in the future to use this thread as a reference, however, you owe any of us anything!

How I see it is, every time you logon to this forum, it will remind you of what happened. You’ve had to repeat what you had to do to get out of your situation multiple times and it helps us get up to speed, but it also a self induced reminder to your embarrassing moment(s).

Maybe @yyy could mark this as solved? We may even need to create a “Solved Many Times Over” icon.

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Let’s wait for that mysterious letter to arrive. Then all should be well. :slight_smile:

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A post was split to a new topic: WWJDW? (Who would Jesus drink with?)


I never got the “mysterious” letter anyways… Only thing that was strange was the lady asking for my personal ID number saying it is necessary for that letter/agreement/or whatsoever and I naively told her. Anyways I decided to let it go and forget everything and hopefully no court letter will arrive out of the blues.

Thanks for all the advice and support everyone.

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I know ya’ll so annoyed with me but a part of me still wants to share this with you since you guys are the only people I’ve told this about.

So, eventually, today the manager called me and asked me to come over. She handed me the official agreement and we both signed. It stated that the compensation is satisfactory to them and they won’t be taking any further legal actions. However, she said, shoplifting is a crime and even it’s highly unlikely, they might decide to prosecute me and if so I should show this agreement. Today the lady wasn’t mean to me at all and I am glad about it.

Thanks guys for paying attention.


Hey people, I have a question. Is there any chance that they’ll send my criminal record to my home country? Or to my country’s embassy in Taiwan?

Did you traffic drugs? Murder someone? Are you on an Interpol watchlist?

No, you shoplifted. I think that’s a misdemeanor in the US. I can’t say with 100% certainty that they won’t pass it on, but I HIGHLY doubt it. (Still, as you now realize the risk/reward odds of being a “sticky fingers” is never worth it)

You, in case not being an American, might rather worry about cases where your finger prints sent to the US immigration from Taiwan since “Unlike other crimes a Shoplifting or Theft Conviction is considered for immigration purposes one of the worst crimes even though it is nonviolent in nature”(so shoplifting constitutes a CMT), although the source is ad of an attorney.

Other countries won’t request such data for shoplifting, especially for Taiwan, though I might be totally wrong.

Do you have a criminal record?

To my understanding, you have to be sentenced by a judge to have a criminal record.
And this includes the right to a lawyer and the process of defending yourself.

At least you should get a notification that you had been sentenced and that you can object or something.

Get a lawyer and keep you embassy out of this.

Hey, thanks for the reply but I don’t quite get your post can you explain?

Hi. I think I have a criminal record, because I was recorded in a video answering questions/confessing at the police station. Even though the store won’t sue me I don’t know if I’m gonna prosecuted anyways or not tho since people are saying it is a prosecutive crime.

you can check it by requesting your criminal record. Just you are thinking to have a criminal record, and actually you have are different.


Even though being an off-topic, I just wanted to point out US immigration might care about your shoplifting record (if it exists) for when your admission into US (in case you are not an American).