Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by OldSilver, Apr 4, 2012.
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Since you didn't do anything, why not make him look like the fool.
I think you should call the paragraph police, since someone obviously stole yours!
I don't know how many coin shops are in the OP's area, but if there aren't a lot, like how it is for me, I would definitely not try to burn any bridges. Also, don't most coin dealers have guns in their store? I'd imagine refusing would make the situation get a lot worse a lot faster.
The next thing that you need to buy a lanyard to put your loop on. This will keep your hands out of your pockets till it's time to pay. Some dealer are very leery? of people, but to accuse you of stealing something. Had he had called the police and they came and had searched you and found nothing, then he has opened himself up to a law suite. Even if you are young, doesn't make any difference. Stand your ground and make the person prove anything. :hail:He has lost a customer, I would never go back.:thumb:
Some people are just like that...the world we live in.
I've actually have had my hands full at stores before, not thinking I needed a cart. I'd stick items in my pockets to then take out to pay for them. There's nothing they can do to me unless I left the store without paying for them. Check your local laws.
I have also however never called it mistakenly as this guy did.
Great minds think alike.
Chalk this up as a learning experience. As already suggested, it might be a good idea to get a lanyard for your loupe to wear around your neck. Another thing you might also do the next time you go to any B&M is make sure you don't have any change in your pockets. Of course, it would also be a good idea to carry your cellphone with you in case something like this ever happens again.
Holding a MINOR against their will, in a case like this, in many states is a worse crime than shoplifting. In some locations, a false accusation like that can also be a conisdered a crime (but would most likely become a civil case).
Seems you ran into an arse.... and there are plenty of them.
I would write him a letter... tell him about yourself.. about your passion... and explain why not coming in there anymore is a hardship on you, but he left you no choice because of his actions. In this day & age of young people who could care less about coins in lieu of the xbox 360.... and online sales of coins which make it very hard for the brick & mortar stores, I would think that maybe you & he might get past the situation... if he apologized and explained himself.
I am not a regular at one of my local coin shops, and did that all the time. The man was very paranoid and watching my pockets, so I did him the honors and "accidentally" turned mine out just to disprove him.
What the dealer did to you was just unethical. He for one, shouldn't have locked the door. And for two, he should not have been so rude.
LostDutchman, I bet I know how bad it feels to catch somebody, I imagined your mindset:
You really don't want to embarrass him in front of his family
You really don't want to deal with the stuff after apprehending a thief
But it is what you have gotta do. You gotta go through the hassle to get a bit of a lesson in the peoples' head that lifting is both illegal and immoral.
I would have been livid if he had been in my face.
When the police arrive, in order for them to be able to arrest you and search your person and belongings, he must be able to tell the police what you have allegedly stolen. The police cannot take any action against you because he suspects you have stolen "something", he must know, and be able to describe specifically, what you have stolen.
If your experience had happened to me, that dealer would be making a hefty claim with his insurance company to compensate me for my inconvenience and embarrassment, and he'd have to deal with a tremendous amount of bad publicity.
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