I attempted to make a purchase at Sports Chalet using a $100 bill. The bill was older and did not have the magnetic strip that newer bills have. The cashier believed the bill was fake and proceeded to call the police. Once the police arrived I was detained for a 2 hour period, until they determined the bill was in fact real. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks, and this ordeal inflicted a large amount of emotional distress on me. Do I have a case for false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, or slander/libel?
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2 Answers from Attorneys
If you suffer medical bills as a result of this, you might... absent that, probably not, unfortunately. Sorry this happened to you... it would be worth your while, in the event that you do not have medical bills related to this incident to write to the corporate office, explaining what happened. They might do something nice for you and, most importantly, they might make an effort to make sure that this doesn't happen again.
There is a defense to these claims called the "shopkeeper's privilege". This isn't absolute but, would make your claim difficult. In my opinion, it would not be economically feasible to bring a claim on this. Seek legal advice if you feel you would still like to pursue. You have two years from the date of the incident to file suit or you will lose any right to do so.