Last Updated on 12/04/2021 by setagayablueocean
A woman in the southern U.S. state of Alabama was awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in damages this week after being mistakenly accused of shoplifting and sued.
The store used a law firm to get her to pay up.
Lesley Nurse was arrested in 2016 when she and her family were shopping at a major Walmart supermarket when they were mistaken for shoplifters. The purchases included bread, cereal, and other groceries totaling $48 (about $5,400). When she used the self-checkout, she was mistakenly told that she had not paid.
Ms. Nurse denied shoplifting, but the store used a law firm to demand payment. They said they would not take any legal action if she paid $200, which was more than the actual amount. Since Ms. Nurse was sure that she had paid, she filed a lawsuit against the store on the contrary.
On November 29, at a local court, the jury unanimously returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Nurse. At the same time, they accused Wal-Mart of threatening Ms. Nurse, and ordered the store to pay $2.1 million (237 million yen) in damages.
Now, what will Ms. Nurse do with all this money?