Son Caught Stealing from Employer, What is the Extent To Which They can Prosecute?

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    Son Caught Stealing from Employer, What is the Extent To Which They can Prosecute?

    Son, 17 years of age, employed at Panda Express for about half a year. I got a call from his manager asking him to attend a meeting to "clarify a few issues." I later found out that they had caught him on tape pocketing money. He had denied any wrongdoing, and had written out a statement that explained his actions in the following way: He was simply pocketing the money, because he replaced it with coins and one dollar bills from home for the exact amount. However, I do not think this is the truth, because he has bought new things recently that I feel he could not afford. After doing some research, it has become apparent that there are devices in such establishments that record "Point of Sale" that could be matched to the cameras to refute his statement, as they would prove that while he was receiving money from customers, it was not going in the system.

    He has an otherwise great working history, and I am concerned about the extent that they can prove his guilt. In particular, how far back do camera recordings go? The company seems to have a very up-to-date and sophisticated system, because he told me that his manager's boss had informed him that all the relevant data was being shipped to an external company for reviewing/investigation. The man had also hinted that previous camera feeds would be studied in detail.

    I am not trying to find a way to "rescue" my son. He has broken the law, and mine and his work's trust. I simply want to be informed as to what can be expected at this point.


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    As far as the video recordings go. It is difficult to answer how far back the camera recordings may go. I have heard of a lot of systems keeping recordings for the past week, or past 30 days and then constantly rewriting over itself with new recordings. However this is not always the case and it is possible they have all the records of your son saved.


    Is it possible your son has been purchasing items from his income and not actually stealing? I think you should talk with him to determine the truth. Have they fired him yet?


    If it is determined by Panda Express that your son has been stealing, they can call the police in which case he will need to hire a lawyer or have a public defender represent him (if it goes to trial). It is also possible the district attorney would offer him some sort of plea bargain where he would just have to do community service. Ultimately it will depend on what Panda Express will do.
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    Panda Express, along with most large chains use Point Of Sale tills that account for every cent. They would have an easy time proving that money was missing from the till. The video tape does not help your son's case either. As for what is to be expected, the BEST case scenario, they will terminate him, and call it a day, MAYBE they will account how much money was missing, and ask for it to be payed back. Worst case, they will press charges, but being that he is a minor, they might choose not to. Bad publicity is a hell of a thing. For all they know, you will call up the local news, and say how horrible Panda Express is for prosecuting your son for a few dollars. Not all press is good press. If they do press charges, the best advice I can give you is to retain an attorney to represent your son.
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