I was caught shoplifting this July at Robinsons Supermarket Lipa. It was a very dark time in my life and I honestly do not know what led me to do such an act. Whether it was catching my ex in bed with another woman, pressure at work and other personal issues, I know these are not valid reasons to commit a crime but it happened.
I was on my way out when the plainclothes guards stopped me and asked about where I placed some of the items. I pointed at my bag and took them out immediately and I was led to the security office where the OIC proceeded to ask me why I did it. They laid out the stolen goods which amounted to roughly 1780php. They gave me a form to write a statement. Some I remember writing that: Hindi ko alam kung bakit ko ginawa iyon. Hindi ko ugali ang magnakaw. Wala na ako sa sarili noong namimili sa kakaisip sa mga bagay, alam ko naman na kaya kong magbayad.. etc...
I ended up breaking down and telling about my personal issues. I was so ashamed, scared and really lost. The form contained my basic info, name, age, address, parent's name, signature. they looked at my ID to verify info. They said that normally I would be asked to pay the x10 amount. They called the store manager and said that I am willing to settle so we ended up agreeing to x5. My money was not enough on hand so I had to have my elderly mom to bring the money to the store. They ended up telling my mom that I broke a mirror that is why I need to pay. I am 32 y.o. and I have never been more scared in my entire life. I paid the agreed amount of almost 9K. I got a sales invoice for the payment which I kept. Then they let me go.
in my utter fear, i barely asked any questions about what will happen to me after that. I haven't been able to sleep properly since then and I have not stepped into a supermarket/mall since then. Please help me confirm if this is really something I can put behind me - that having made that payment has released me from any legal steps they might take. I hope you can answer my questions
1. will they be reporting the incident to the police?
2. am i going to have a record?
3. is it possible that they will file a case against me without me knowing? what is the usual timeframe?
4. will that reflect on my record like NBI? how soon can i request for an NBI clearance to check?
5. I will be going to the us in a couple of months., Will immigration hold me due to this incident?
PLease... I know I have many questions but I am really really hoping you can help me understand and have peace of mind. I am sorry and regretting everything that happened to me that day. I just really hope I can have the peace of mind to move on with my life again knowing that this is all over.
Thank you and have a great day.
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