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Shoplifted by accident, should I take it back?

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guiltymind Sat 18-Feb-17 16:49:37

Been on holiday for half term with kids. We went to a shop that is unique (there isn't one near us for about 100 miles). We were looking at some things, and I put something on the buggy (about 10 pounds). I was fully intending to pay for it but then 2 year old DD started to have a tantrum and I had to rush out of the store. It was only when I got back that I emptied the buggy and found that I still had it! I feel incredibly guilty, someone please tell me what to do....blush

WonkoTheSane42 Sat 18-Feb-17 16:51:18

If it's not too far away, go back and explain and pay for it. If it's super far away, call them up and pay over the phone. If you just hold on to it and do nothing, you're a thief.

Whatslovegottodo Sat 18-Feb-17 16:51:28

Ring them, explain, and pay over the phone by card.

yorkshapudding Sat 18-Feb-17 16:53:39

I've done this before. I called them, apologised profusely and paid for the item over the phone by card. If I hadn't been able to pay over the phone for some reason I would have gone back.

elQuintoConyo Sat 18-Feb-17 16:55:32

Do as above. Or post it back with a letter of aolopgy.

elQuintoConyo Sat 18-Feb-17 16:55:54

Apology <obviously>

WhereYouLeftIt Sat 18-Feb-17 16:57:16

What Whatslovegottodo said. Ring them, explain, and pay over the phone by card.

Ifitquackslikeaduck Sat 18-Feb-17 17:00:15

Take it back asap or ring them first at the very least. Can't believe you'd have to ask.

Littleballerina Sat 18-Feb-17 17:01:33

Call and pay over the phone

Sung Sat 18-Feb-17 17:02:07

Yes - ring them and pay over phone

MatildaTheCat Sat 18-Feb-17 17:07:09

I once hung a bag I was considering buying over my arm in H&M and then discovered it still there in M&S...I was completely panicked and rushed back to hand it over and face the consequences over dramatic much? . The shop assistant looked baffled and clearly thought I was barmy.

Just give them a call and explain.

Monkeyface26 Sat 18-Feb-17 17:07:23

If you pay for the items now, you will feel better and you will also reaffirm a little of their faith in human nature.
You know you want to......

Katinkka Sat 18-Feb-17 17:08:20

Forget about it.

Soubriquet Sat 18-Feb-17 17:09:15

Yep. I would forget about it too tbh

Brokenbiscuit Sat 18-Feb-17 17:09:45

I've done this once. I took it back to the shop.

I also tell shops/cafes when they have accidentally undercharged me.

AdoraBell Sat 18-Feb-17 17:10:26

Yep, phone and pay by card. Apology and explanation of tantrum, obvs.

Tottyandmarchpane1 Sat 18-Feb-17 17:10:32

I'd forgot about it

Janek Sat 18-Feb-17 17:10:55

Send them a cheque if they can't take card payment over the phone?

GatoradeMeBitch Sat 18-Feb-17 17:11:13

Call them and pay for it - guilt gone.

hesterton Sat 18-Feb-17 17:12:47

Forget about it... and you're a thief.

Go back and pay... you have behaved with total integrity.

Enidblyton1 Sat 18-Feb-17 17:13:07

My toddler put something in the bottom of the buggy once (value £25) and it was 2 months before I had chance to return it to the shop!

Definitely return it or pay for it

CompanyOfCats Sat 18-Feb-17 17:13:31

Is your name Cassandra Smith? [Grin]

reuset Sat 18-Feb-17 17:15:59

Give them a call. It sounds like some independent shop too, not that I'm saying you should keep it from big business

SailAwayWithMeHoney Sat 18-Feb-17 17:17:23

CompanyOfCats grin grin

OP give them a call and pay over the phone smile

elQuintoConyo Sat 18-Feb-17 17:17:30

Lol @Cassandra Smith CompanyOfCats

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