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Torts Keyed to Dobbs
McCann v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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This case involves a claim for false imprisonment. In December, 1996, Ms. McCann and two of her children were shopping at the Maine Wal-Mart store. After approximately an hour and a half, the McCanns went to a register and paid for their purchases. As the McCanns were leaving the store, two Wal-Mart employees, stepped out in front of the McCanns’ shopping cart, blocking their path to the exit. The employees told Plaintiff that the children were not allowed in the store because they had been caught stealing on a prior occasion. Defendant’s employees had said they were calling the police, but actually called a store security officer to identify the earlier shoplifter. Eventually, the security officer, Rhonda Bickmore (Bickmore), arrived at the store and informed the employees that the McCanns were not the family whose son had been caught shoplifting. The employees acknowledged their mistake to the McCanns, and they left the store.
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