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California is pretty tough on shoplifters, so this may seem extreme given you friend's situation. However, given the value of the item and the fact that she has not done this before, she could face: a small fine; 1 to 3 years informal probation; community service; and/or a misdemeanor charge.
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Where she would be given probation terms that she would need to abide by, but that it would not be as formal or as rigorous as a regular probation. It could be a more relaxed form of probation.