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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Let's say I work at 7/11, I see someone stealing a candy bar and whoop their butt because my company won't hire security. Am I in trouble?

.. for doing what my boss instructed us to do?

Update:

Additional factors: The patron Initially refuses to give back what they took then becomes unruly and refuses to leave when they eat the candy bar. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I'm pretty certain your boss didn't tell you to beat up shoplifters over candy bars. You would be in trouble, yes, because you can't use that kind of force, potentially doing real damage, over a $1 item.

  • 1 month ago

    Not sure why anyone who is not paid to provide security would risk being fired, arrested and sued, if not also beaten or killed, for trying to protect someone else's petty property.  No, you're not liable for loss due to theft. Yes, your actions outside of company policy will mean you get personally sued and the company doesn't have to pay for your legal fees.

  • 1 month ago

    your boss has no right, in most states, to tell you to injure or assault anyone

  • 1 month ago

    If you live in a blue state you will go to jail. If you liver in a red state you have every right to protect your property.

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Some states allow you to use reasonable force to detain a shoplifter. No state allows you to "whip their butt". Your boss can not instruct you to do something illegal, so you could be fired and/or charged with assault. If you are acting outside of company policy, you could also be sued by the shoplifter. 

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, you go to jail for assault and battery.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Legally it's assault because stealing a candy bar is not LEGAL justification to "whoop someone's butt."

  • 1 month ago

    In addition to ASSAULT, you can count on being fired FOR CAUSE.

    I can also guarantee that if your boss actually told you that physically assaulting shoplifters was acceptable, and you can prove it, they will be out the door faster than you.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, you may be

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your boss might be in trouble for instructing employees to assault shoplifters. You, too, might be in trouble for committing assault. You have the option of choosing not to obey an unreasonable order.

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