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Bonkowski v. Arlan’s Department Store
Citation:12 Mich. App. 86, 162 N.W.2d 347
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Ms. Bonkowski went shopping one evening at Arlan’s Department Store with her husband. She left the store after making several purchases. Earl Reinhardt, a private policeman on duty that evening at the store suspected Ms. Bonkowski of having committed larceny. Reinhardt requested Ms. Bonkowski reveal the contents of her purse so he could search for the allegedly stolen costume jewelry. Ms. Bonkowski emptied the contents of her purse and showed Reinhardt the sales receipts for the items she purchased. Satisfied that Ms. Bonkowski did not commit larceny, Reinhardt permitted her to leave. Ms. Bonkowski sued the store for false arrest and slander.
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