Hobby Lobby - Falsely accused of shoplifting, taken to jail.
I was shopping at Hobby Lobby in Lincoln, Ne recently and was stopped as I was leaving the store by two loss prevention people.The woman said she needed me to come back into the store with her because she believed I had some merchandise in my purse that belonged to them.
I didn't and showed the male inside my purse. She still insisted I come in the store with her so I did. Once inside, she took my purse and proceeded to search it. I had nothing belonging to them except the pens in the sack in my hand that she had just seen me purchase.
After searching my purse she asked what I did with the pens I didn't pay for, and I told her I paid for the ones I picked up. She said she saw me conceal them in my purse in the flower dept. I explained to her that I had taken my wallet out of my purse to loan the friend with me a couple dollars. She was going to be short on money for what she wanted to buy.
I removed my wallet, handed her some money and put it back in my purse. She didn't believe me even though I had nothing in my purse and called the police. The officer arrived and they went down the hall to talk and left me sitting there with someone watching me for 45 minutes. Finally the officer came back, said he was going to read me my rights and if I cooperated it would be easier.
I had nothing to tell him I had done nothing wrong. He searched my purse and found a pocket knife that my son left in my car that I threw in my purse. I was arrested for shoplifting and carrying a concealed weapon and taken to jail. I was stripped searched detained for two more hours and had to post bond.
That's not half of it. I wear a wig because of a medical condition and told the officer this. He made me remove it, accused me of wearing a disguise and wouldn't let me put it back on till I cooperated with him. After asking him several times he finally let me put it back on my head.
He later made a comment about having a come to Jesus meeting and the loss prevention lady said she doubted I knew who Jesus was. Who is she to question my relationship with my God or judge me? She has another woman she calls her wife and I don't judge her. Anyway, I plan on hiring an attorney and fighting this.
I also plan on suing Hobby Lobby and the police department of Lincoln.Anyone have any advice?