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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I am sorry to hear of this matter. What does the citation say? Do you need to appear in court? Or pay a civil fine?
Shoplifting under $50 in Texas is a Class C misdemeanor. It does not carry jail time but a fine up to $500. I suggest, you consider consulting with a local attorney to have this matter dismissed.
Apparently, the scanner was malfunctioning and in that regard, a local attorney should be able to negotiate with the District Attorney to have the matter dismissed. These type of scanner malfunctions can happen. One reason I never use the self check out.
At any rate, I suggest you do not want to have the misdemeanor on your record.