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My son has broken into a store and stolen 85.00 of merchandise. I

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My son has broken into a store and stolen 85.00 of merchandise.
I ask the proptietor to accept partial restitution for the items he refused to take back.
The items seemed to be worn, but he refuses to take anything less than full payment.
I have a negative balence in my checking account and I informed him of my very low/limited income and insurance liabilies. He threatens to press criminal charges if I don't
pay in lump some. My assets will setme back three months if I pay this guy like that.
It's not like I'm refusing, I just have to take care of my family too.
(from Nashville, Tennessee)
                 &nb sp;                                     Vern
Unfortunately the owner is entitled to full payment. They have the right to press charges for the theft your son has committed. The vendor is not required to accept the return of stolen merchandise. If they accept your son can be liable to any damages to that merchandise in addition to the theft charges.

I don't know what to tell you, but to avoid charges you are going to have to find the way to get the money to purchase the merchandise. You may need to charge it on your credit card. Again, they are not required to accept partial payments or the stolen property.

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