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Discussion in 'Criminal Records, Expungement' started by Diana Llewellyn, Aug 2, 2022.

  1. Diana Llewellyn

    Diana Llewellyn Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My ex-husband was accused of shoplifting at Walmart. The case was dropped but he is paranoid he will still be in the Walmart/retail database of shoplifters. Will he? If so how does he get removed since no charges were filed?
     
  2. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    No one here has any conceivable way of knowing,

    Assuming such a database exists, it is, presumably, maintained by a private company, which means this isn't a legal issue. Your husband is free to reach out to the company and make inquiries about whether he's on the list and, if so, whether the company might remove him.

    Out of curiosity, why does he care if he's on some list?
     
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    The quick answer is that if you weren't a Walmart employee and caught stealing or a shoplifter who got convicted, you likely aren't in a database that exists outside of the local store.

    Long answer: Walmart is a big player in an organization called the National Retail Mutual Association that is an association of larger retailers who share information primarily about thieving employees but also includes shoplifters. Mostly it is used to screen out potential future hires at these stores against people who are known to have stolen from them in the past.

    The theft database follows the same rules as other credit reporting. Your information is available on request, and you can put comments in your file about any adverse information there. It stays for seven years.

    This whole thing has been subsumed into a company called "hireright.com" and you can fill out a form there to find out if you're listed if you like.

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