My 10-year old son was caught shoplifting this weekend at a nationally well-known store. We're in Pennsylvania if that matters. We are well aware of the fines he will receive, and have discussed the punishment he will endure at home, more than likely for the rest of his pre-adolescent life! He has been embarrassed, and naturally all trust that we had in him is gone. It's been a rough few days for us! My question, however, is this...is the store security/loss prevention officer permitted to tell another store employee my son's name? I thought that, as a minor, this would not be publicized, but it has been (well, not in the paper, but online)! I was just informed that there is a post on an online forum (that everyone uses) from one of the store employees, which has naturally already circulated through the small town we live in, and more than likely by tomorrow, his school. I just had a talk with my son and told him that tomorrow at school is going to be hell, as he's going to have to explain his actions to his classmates and peers now. I'm not trying to defend him in any way, but I didn't think it would come to this, as I was told by the loss prevention officer that it would be private and confidential information, and then he turns around and tells an employee who knows us what happened, and then she decides to post it online. I know my son was wrong, but I was told one thing, and now we're dealing a whole new mess, so again, is this an allowable action by the store, and if not, what should we do? Thank you!
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