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Asked on: 4/05/13, 3:53 pm

My wife was recently caught "shoplifting" at WINCO. Hours prior to this she was in the emergency room because she had a seizure do to a mixture of medications, one of which has been known to cause hallucinations. The only reason she was in the store is because she was having her friend driving her due to her lack of ability. She went into WINCO and proceeded to behave in a bizarre manor (completely out of character). It was obvious that she was not behaving in a responsible way. Our question is this, do we have any legal grounds? WINCO's policy is that she pay five times the amount for the merchandise they claim she was trying to steal. She was under the impression her items were paid for. The option she was given were sign the papers stipulating she pay 35.00 a month for a total payment of 250.00 or go to jail. This sounds like blackmail to me! I am not sure what the best course of action is, I am hoping to get some advice on this matter. Thank you

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