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About a month ago I was shopping at a food store, when I had an altercation with a cashier/floor manager. I am 13 years old, and had come from an art gallery, and was dressed in not the nicest clothes obviously, for reasons of paint staining. As I was shopping I noticed a store worker watching my friends and I for quite some time, standing at the end of the rows.

As I was standing in the checkout line of this fairly large supermarket, I noticed the same man watching me from about twenty feet away. As you may imagine, this was becoming a bit bothersome, and I asked him "What?", in response to his stare.

He then repeatedly told me to leave the store. When I asked him why he said he didn't like my attitude, and had supposedly heard me swear when talking to one of my friends. We were not being obnoxious to anyone in the store, nor were we shoplifting. When I persisted in asking him why I had to leave, he told me he would call the police, and told me that if I was not out in five seconds he would proceed in doing so. At this point I do admit my speech may have become laced with some expletives, but I in no way became threatening, and you must remember, this is a grown man, and I am thirteen.

I truly wonder if he had the right to eject me from the store, as I did leave after some protest. He told me if I ever came back into the store, he would call the police, and that a video camera had recorded my face, which he would turn into the police. During our exchange he asked me my name which I refused to give.

What is the legal aspect to this, and also what is the opinion of forum goers?

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Posts: 2 | Posted: 9:58 PM on May 14, 2008 | IP
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Only if you were causing problems for other customers, or were vandalizing the store. If he had called the cops I would have told them that the person was stalking me and made no attempted to rectify the problem , and only state that he want me to leave the store after I had gone up to him and asked why he was staring at me.


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Thanks for your answer, this makes quite a lot more sense than the answers form other forums, such as, "You're posing as a thirteen-year-old," and "He has every right to kick you out of the food store for no reason."

Thanks for the help mate.
 


Posts: 2 | Posted: 7:16 PM on May 15, 2008 | IP
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He may or may not have the right.

A store is private property. As such, the owners of the property can decide to ban you from it - you would then be found guilty of trespassing. Some store owners pass the ability to ban people down to their subordinates, some do not.
Regardless of how little justification you may have given him, it is possible that he has the legal right to ban you from the store.


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Posts: 81 | Posted: 12:32 PM on May 16, 2008 | IP
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iangb, I can not agree with you more. My statement is assuming that it was not the owner or the store manager. If it was the store manager you may want to report that person, even if it was a regular worker.


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