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My son who is 16 years old was at The Bay with 3 others. All

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My son who is 16 years old was at The Bay with 3 others. All boys were taken in by public security. Two boys took a money clip. My son did not take anything. We received a letter from a lawyer representing the Bay to pay a $ 500 fine and states that according to article 1459 in the civil code, we are neglible parents.
What should we do?
Thank you for your question.

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First, your son didn't do anything.

Second, you would be considered negligent if you failed to take care of him properly or if, for example, you put him up to shoplifting.

Third this is not a fine but a demand from a store who is trying to scare you for sure.

If they were to sue you they have to prove you son stole something, that you were negligent, and that your son cost the store $675.

So it's very unlikely they will sue you and if they do there is very little chance they would win.

I can't give advice over this site but I can fairly say if this happened to me I would ignore the letters.

Let me know if you need any further clarification.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your prompt reply, this is encouraging information.


Should they decide to sue, what would happen next and what should we look out for.

If they sue you can self-represent and defend.

And you can post on this site again and I can assist you further.
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