Walmart Shopper Fakes Labor Pains To Avoid Shoplifting Arrest

See if you can follow this: Two women were suspected of shoplifting at an Ohio Walmart. When confronted by Walmart security outside the store, it was determined that they hadn’t left the building with the allegedly purloined merchandise. Security was about to let them go when the women called the cops to complain about being unlawfully detained. The cops arrived and determined the women actually could be arrested for shoplifting. That’s when one woman faked labor pains to escape going to jail.

According to police, the two women had been spotted on security cameras replacing price labels on software with homemade labels. For some reason, instead of leaving the store with the merchandise, they left it inside as they exited the building. That’s when Walmart loss prevention staff stopped them.

Says the police:

They didn’t have the items that they saw them conceal… So Walmart actually was going to let them go. The suspect actually called us and wanted to complain that Walmart unlawfully detained them for a theft offense that they didn’t steal anything.

But after checking out the store’s video footage of the incident, the police determined the women had still been in violation of Ohio law. The women were arrested and put into the back of separate police cars.

The police lieutenant says that one suspect “told me she was nine months pregnant and believed her water broke,” so he had the officer take her to a local hospital, where she refused to be treated or examined by doctors.

From the local Fox station:

Against medical advice, the hospital released her, and after charging her, police also signed off on Katurah because they did not want the liability of her having a baby while she was in their custody.

It gets better.

When the woman talked to her probation officer after the Walmart incident, she admitted that not only had the labor pains been faked, but so had the entire “I’m pregnant” thing. She had made it all up to avoid being locked up.

Alas, her lie has only added to her problems. Now she’s facing a charge of obstruction of justice to go with the shoplifting charge.

 

Accused Shoplifter Fakes Labor to Avoid Jail [Fox8.com]

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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    She deserves whatever she gets. She dug her own grave.

  2. The cake is a lie! says:

    Why am I not surprised this happened at a WalMart? I’m not saying all of their customers are like this, but it seems the ones who shoplift always are. You never hear about this kind of thing happening at Target.

    • mlkmaide says:

      I saw someone getting arrested outside of Target last month, but it was a pretty mundane arrest. In my town, Target and Walmart are right next to each other, so maybe she had already gotten away with it at Walmart and was feeling lucky.

  3. dawnitopia says:

    *Proofread* – last sentence of first paragraph “being going to jail”

  4. Liam Kinkaid says:

    BRILLIANT!

  5. minjche says:

    I apparently shop at boring Walmarts (or have bad timing), because there are so many of these insane stories of people’s antics at Walmart, yet I’ve never been able to witness it myself.

  6. rmorin says:

    Walmart/Police did everything right. Just the scum of the earth attempting to play upon others compassion, and I am glad it did not work. Hopefully she thinks twice before attempting to scam some person/business again.

  7. Mom says:

    Did they ask her to show her receipt?

  8. ohiomensch says:

    The thing about this is, if she was going to have a baby and went into labor in the jail, the community where she was is liable to pay all her medical expenses. At least thats how it works in the Ohio community I work in.

    We had a guy in lockup that faked a heart attack and we had to pay the ER charges.

    • 3skr1mad0r says:

      After reading the story about this one, if she actually was pregnant, I’m sure the cost would be coming out of tax dollars and not her own anyway.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      If she was shoplifting and was low class enough to try and pull the pregnancy thing to get out of it, chances are that she doesn’t have insurance anyway. So many people don’t have it these days, that it is just a likely thing. So it would have been tax dollars paying for the hospital visit either way.

      That’s a good way to avoid health care costs. Just get arrested and have all your medical treatments done while you are in jail. If I ever feel a stroke coming on, I think I’ll just go knock off a gas station and hope they get me booked in time to take me to the infirmary. ;)

    • apple420 says:

      My local jail had a woman give birth alone in one of the cells (http://www.womensenews.org/story/health/060920/jailing-pregnant-women-raises-health-risks). They didn’t send her to the hospital until after the birth, despite her screams for help. In fact because she was screaming they took her out of the cell she had with other people and put her by herself. Maybe the jail didn’t want to pay the ER bill?

      • Leksi Wit says:

        Wow, thank you apple420 for that enlightening link. Through, in this case, the shoplifter was neither pregnant nor was there mention of her having a drug problem, it is interesting how “child endangerment” laws can be perverted to endanger pregnant women and their unborn children as well as teenagers in the case of kids who send nude photos of themselves being labeled child pornographers. This world is lacking in some serious common sense. But these officers showed real compassion, which is also lacking in our society.

  9. Phineas says:

    In my ER, this kind of thing happens all the time. Seizures, chest pain, labor, concussions… all faked to avoid jail time. And the cops just sit in the room smoldering, waiting to take them to jail. I just get them coffee and food and have them enjoy it in front of the faker.
    “No, I’m afraid I can’t get you anything to drink, too. Nothing to eat either because you might choke on it if you have another *ahem* seizure.” If you want to fake something medical, you get treated as medical.

  10. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    While they didn’t leave the store, they did shoplift. They probably thought they were smart, and would have someone else wander in later to pick up the ones they re-marked. But like many, they didn’t read their states law on what shoplifting is. It’s all about intent baby!

    2913.02 Theft, aggravated theft

    (A) No person, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, shall knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services in any of the following ways:

    (1) Without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent; (2) Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent; (3) By deception; (4) By threat.

    And luckily Ohio allows you to detain in the parking lot!
    2935.041:
    (A) A merchant, or an employee or agent of a merchant, who has probable cause to believe that items offered for sale by a mercantile establishment have been unlawfully taken by a person, may, for the purposes set forth in division (C) of this section, detain the person in a reasonable manner for a reasonable length of time within the mercantile establishment or its immediate vicinity.

    • Bladerunner says:

      But by the text you’ve posted, the WalMart employees DID illegally detain the women…the items hadn’t been taken yet. There was INTENT to take them, and when the next team came in to “buy” the items, they could have been detained, but until the person has actually DONE the crime, or at least until WalMart has valid reason to believe they have actually done the crime, they can’t be detained.

      “who has probable cause to believe that items offered for sale by a mercantile establishment have been unlawfully taken by a person, ” (hasn’t been taken until it’s been taken.)

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Not true. Changing the price shows intent and if you didn’t take it, it shows evidence of a criminal conspiracy.

        • Bladerunner says:

          So? The store employees aren’t cops, they don’t have unilateral ability to make arrests. They have limited powers to detain someone in the event they believe that someone has taken their property…part of the logic behind it is that technically, they can’t even search you, the cops would have to when they arrive.

          The “intent” or “conspiracy” are crimes, no doubt, but they aren’t crimes that the law allows the merchant to detain for. Only in the event something has actually been taken can they detain them.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Yeah, but this way it’s more complicated and more difficult to prove, and there is less proof to conceal (box vs. stickers) this way versus just walking out of the store with something under your coat. While it’s still stupid, I can see why someone who would walk out with something under their coat would think this might be an improvement, and I can’t see that they’re incorrect.

      They’re still idiots, but they might just be smarter than the average WalMart customer.

  11. dorianh49 says:

    Probably a tag team effort. One team changes the label; another team goes in to “purchase” the “marked-down” merchandise. My wife used to work at Target and saw this kind of stuff all the time. The most common was where one team would go in and stuff a bunch of small, expensive items into the large box of a clearanced item that they would take out of the box. That team would then leave the store empty-handed. Another person/team would then come in and “purchase” that box. Target really couldn’t do anything to any member of the team, since none of them individually had technically committed an offense.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Actually, they did. Shoplifting and the laws against it are all about intent. So if you can prove they intended to deprive you of what is yours, then you could prosecute them.

      The only problem is you can only detain someone for a certain time, and it IS a little more difficult to prove they intended to deprive the store, if they turn around and say it was a prank. I would hope most judges/juries could make the logical conclusion, though.

      • dorianh49 says:

        Yeah, the first team could claim “prank” and the second team could claim “ignorance”. If they even got caught. Their “loss prevention” wasn’t exactly top notch. This was 7 or 8 years ago, though. It may have changed since then.

    • KyBash says:

      Thanks! That explains why all those watches were inside the crock pot I bought!

  12. layton59 says:

    Where are all the WalMart Bashers? Wait, it is still early for this thread. They’ll turn up.

  13. wickedpixel says:

    These weren’t technically shoplifters. Their job was just to replace the price tags and leave. Then someone else would be tasked with going in to buy the software at the fake price, which would then have the original tag reapplied and be returned for store credit at full price.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Yes, they were shoplifters. Their actions were down with the intent of depriving the store and store owner of their property and the value of the merchandise. Bringing in pre-printed labels would probably make the charges even more harsh, because they would be considered “tools” used in the commission of a crime, like bags with a coating to defeat a scanner or a hollowed out book, etc….

  14. Mcshonky says:

    let’s all say it together.

    DUMB ASS!!!!!!

    Don’t write a check your mouth/ass/vag can’t cash.

  15. Azzizzi says:

    Walmart attracts all of these kinds of people. There was a case in Kennett, Missouri where a woman cut in line and her subsequent actions resulted in her getting arrested.

    Of course, the victim mentality of her supporters caused the story to be spun as her getting arrested for cutting in line.

  16. sopmodm14 says:

    just send her to jail, where our tax dollars can support her

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      Please do suggest something better to do with petty criminals. Honestly wish we had a better, yet humane option. (spoken from the country with the highest prison population on the planet)

    • Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

      How about 40 hours a week of community service at $2.00 an hour? I’m sure there’s plenty of trash and dog shit to be collected in Ohio, just like every other state.

  17. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    My mother’s neighbor has her son have an ‘epileptic seizure’ if she gets caught. Last time, she ended up with a vacuum cleaner via the garden exit. She did pay for the small potted flower though. (We’ve got a restraining order against her)

  18. hotcocoa says:

    Wowww….they had the nerve to call the police after trying to take part in this organized fraud? People never cease to astound me with their ridiculous bullshit. Some people just love to waste other people’s time. I really wish there was a remote island to send those bringing down society…kind of like a modern day Australia that wasn’t already inhabited by people.

    • veritybrown says:

      This is one of my favorite social-engineering ideas. A prison island with arable land, supplied with everything the prisoners need in order to grow food and produce what they need in order to survive (including training in the necessary skills). After all, criminals want to live in a society where they live by their own rules, right? So let them have a go at creating their own society, along with others who have decided that our society’s rules shouldn’t apply to them. Whatever the end result–anything from murderous anarchy to a totalitarian society to a peaceful and productive society–it will be what *they* make of it, and therefore exactly what they deserve. It will never happen, of course–the idea of allowing people to suffer the natural consequences of their own actions, instead of forcing society to pay the cost, is far too backward for today’s “progressives.”

    • mcnerd85 says:

      Wyoming?

    • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

      I thought the same thing~! (they had the nerve to call the police after trying to take part in this organized fraud)

      Then : you realize. 1) They thought they were smart, and not *actually technically shoplifting* and therefore 2) thought they saw a big payday when WalMart detained them (thinking “well, we have no merchandise, so we can sue them for emotional distress) 3) for this, They need a what? A Police Report.

      That’s right. I say they stopped a frivolous lawsuit from a mile away.

  19. yulingo says:

    If I’m not mistaken, that obstruction of justice charge is gonna hurt more than the original shoplifting charge. Good going, lady.

  20. rahntwo says:

    As a Paramedic, I have run on many many people faking diabetes, chest pain, difficulty breathing, etc..in order to get out of the same, or a restaurant bill. It’s disgusting and difficult, because you and the cops both know they are faking but you MUST proceed as if they are on the level.

  21. TheUncleBob says:

    I hope you take their temperature… rectally.

  22. DashTheHand says:

    Ummmm, did they see this on Breaking Bad? The wife (Skyler) did this when she was accused of shoplifting in season 1.

  23. maztec says:

    And this is a consumer issue and not just petty theft how?

  24. dg says:

    Hey Sarge?! 9 months prego or just a fat dumb bitch?

    Who knows? Just let her go so we don’t get sued again…

    … another episode of WalMart theater continues after this special announcement from Palmolive… Yes, Palmolive, keeps your hands soft while you do the dishes…

    When we last left the program, Dorine was pretending to be prego so she could skate on the PoPo… But what everyone missed is that she was swapping out price tags with her own, so JoJo could get the game of his dreams for less!

  25. pot_roast says:

    Now she gets jail plus extra charges…and additional jail time.

    Way to go, bone head… sure thought that one out.

    And they were probably going to have someone else go back in to purchase the re-labeled items. Common scam. There are likely others involved.

  26. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    “Now she’s facing a charge of obstruction of justice to go with the shoplifting charge.”

    What about attempted fraud? Probably wouldn’t fly since she didn’t get that far, but I’m guessing the reason she called the cops to complain about being ‘unlawfully detained’ was because she thought she could sue WalMart for a juicy payday (money, not the candy bar).

    What a piece of shit.

  27. Thespian says:

    Katurah? Stanielle?