Report: Suit accuses Home Depot of unjust shoplifting fines

Atlanta – The Home Depot, Inc. is reportedly being sued in California Superior Court for unfair, arbitrary attempts to collect damages from customers accused of shoplifting.

According to Bloomberg, a California man filed a class action suit against Home Depot on Sept. 5 after receiving two letters from the retailer’s law firm threatening criminal prosecution if he did not pay hundreds of dollars in damages for taking work gloves worth about $8, which he says he did not steal.

A Home Depot spokesperson told Bloomberg that the retailer has not yet reviewed this specific suit but in general follows the law when seeking civil damages from shoplifters. The first hearing in the lawsuit is scheduled for Oct. 8.

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