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[PA] Banned from Rite Aid for life when I was 14. 11 years later, I’ve moved across the state 7 hours away, and Rite Aid is the only pharmacy in sight. What would happen if I filled my prescriptions here?

[PA] Banned from Rite Aid for life when I was 14. 11 years later, I’ve moved across the state 7 hours away, and Rite Aid is the only pharmacy in sight. What would happen if I filled my prescriptions here?

When I was 14, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup and my mom would always check my receipts. As an idiot, I tried to steal $1.50 eyeliner and got caught. They took a photo of me, I paid $150 and it was expunged from my record. I remember I signed a statement saying I would never go to Rite Aid again. Now, it’s 11 years later. I live in the same state but on the opposite side 7 hours away, would never even think about stealing anything. I have no criminal record aside from the stupid expunged eyeliner incident. I just moved to this area and the only pharmacies nearby are Rite Aid. Now I have to switch from Walgreens to a different pharmacy and I’m worried if I would get myself into a ton of trouble if I switched to Rite Aid for my prescriptions.

If it's been over a decade, odds are good they no longer have a record of the ban. You'll likely be fine. Worst-case scenario, they kick you off the property again or call the cops to give you a trespassing warning: odds are, you won't face trespassing charges based on an 11-year-old warning you received as a minor.

If you're really concerned, you could call the manager and ask. However, I'd be strongly tempted to let sleeping dogs lie: reminding them the ban exists doesn't help you.

Many many years ago when I worked at Sears the loss prevention crew would do a similar thing; bring the parents in, agree to pay some kind of restitution, sign a doc saying they'd never go into a sears store for life...

And it meant nothing. it went into some drawer, and it wasn't shared with other stores are anything. Wasn't entered into any database or anything. Basically it was designed to scare the kid... and possibly if the kid DID come back, to that store, like within a month or two, then they'd have an actual doc to show to court saying this kid is a habitual problem.

But tens year on in a different state? It's just not gonna be an issue I don't think.

I seriously doubt Rite Aid's got some major security network that will flag a teenage shoplifter from over a decade ago and try to bring the wrath of god down on you if you step foot in a store 7 hours away from where you were banned. They can't bring back up the original charges because it's already been disposed of. Worst they could do would be call the police and say you're trespassing, but again, I seriously doubt they've got that kind of security to even recognize you and/or care about it.

As a former Rite Aid manager...they don't have a system to keep track of this. As someone who was also banned from Kohls ..I go to Kohls all the time.

(Texas) house purchase, lien problems..

(Texas) house purchase, lien problems..

To keep things short, my wife and I are first time home buyers. We found a house we liked, submitted an offer, the accepted, and we went pretty deep into the process. We did everything already in regards to the inspection, apprasial, Ernest money, etc. During the title audit, multiple lines showed up. The seller is settling one but fighting the others we are supposed to close the end of the month but I have my reservations that we won't hit that target date due to the number of liens and how much rhey amount to even though the seller is adamant the original closing date is still on track.

My question is, if this drags on, do I have any rights to compensation? I'm having to extend my lease when I technically shouldn't have to due to not meeting the closing date.

Also, if the seller decides to walk away, what penalties do they get? Do I get any of that money back?

You probably have no 'rights' to compensation, unless you had a specific agreement with the seller that they would cover your personal costs if you don't close by date 'x'. What you're encountering is simply the realties of purchasing a house.

If the seller walks away (or can't close on-time), you should be refunded your earnest money.

Read your purchase contract. It will have all of the answers in it. If you are using a broker, they can explain it to you as well, in layman's terms.

(MN) Landlord showing newly rented apartment and scheduling showings with less than 24 hour notice.

(MN) Landlord showing newly rented apartment and scheduling showings with less than 24 hour notice.

I recently moved into an apartment and my lease does not end until August. Since moving in, my landlord has regularly scheduled entry with less than 24 hour notice. Generally, this has been 23 hours but it has at times been as short as 18 hours. The most egregious instance was with notice not given until 9 pm the day prior. Notices have generally been for showings, but have also been for insurance inspections.

My lease agreement specifically allows entry by the landlord at any reasonable time. I did not fight this because MN statute 504B.211 specifically states that the landlord must give reasonable notice and that this is an unenforceable lease provision. I also know that 24 hours is generally accepted to be reasonable notice. I do not, however, know if there are any specific statutes or regulations in MN setting the time frame for reasonable notice and I was hoping for some assistance.

Further, unless there is a statute saying that such a provision is unenforceable, I would assume that by failing to dispute the provision in my lease giving my landlord the right to enter at any reasonable time, I gave them the ability to show my apartment to prospective renters no matter how far away I am from my lease end date, but I still thought I would check. Are there any Minnesota statutes/regulations that would restrict my landlord's ability to show my apartment so long before the end date of my lease?

I recommend telling the people being shown the unit that you your lease isn’t up for x months, that the landlord began showing people the unit after only y months and has had approximately z showings since then, often with less that the legally required prior notice.

I mean, you could gather all that I information and go to Court to seek an order for him to give you required notice, but this would be easier and may have the same result.

How many comparable units does your landlord manage?

If the answer is “multiple”, they are choosing to show yours and not one of your neighbours’ because yours is particularly presentable.

So make it less presentable. Make messes, leave some pest control paraphernalia about, maybe some “adult novelties”—anything that a landlord is going to think looks bad to potential tenants.

There's no statute (in any state) that says a landlord can show a unit only with 'x' months remaining on the current tenants lease.

My guess is that OP lives in privately owned student housing where it's very common to lease rental units in Feb for the Fall academic term/year.

can reverse graffiti be considered vandalism?

can reverse graffiti be considered vandalism?

Yes

Doing anything to someone else's property ain't ok

Don't treat us like idots. You even called it 'reverse graffiti' in your title.

Life is not a comic or movie where you can try being sassy (even if it was ,you're doing a vary bad job).

Are you the city, state, or federal government? If not then it still isn't your property.

Can I do something about this “lifetime supply” that they cancelled on me?

Can I do something about this “lifetime supply” that they cancelled on me?

Ontario Canada 5 years ago when I was 18 I won a “lifetime” supply of chicken nuggets from a good brand and yesterday I contacted them after going to buy another box the cashier confiscated my lifetime card and told to contact the company when I called them the rep said they wouldn’t give me any more boxes of nuggets as I had hit my lifetime supply of 30 boxes

How the hell is 30 boxes considered a lifetime supply at 18 living till about 70-80 that’s only like 1 box every 2 years

We don’t have a contract I just had a card it said nowhere on it about a 30 box limit in fact It didn’t say anything only had the company name and the barcode

I do have the certificate I got with the card (somewhere in a box) that states it’s a lifetime supply card and congratulations stuff like that but i doesn’t have any fine print on it unless I need a black light to see it

Can I do anything about this I want the lifetime supply I was promised and I believe they should honour it and I wrong ?

the cashier confiscated my lifetime card

I guess my question is who authorized the cashier to take what, I assume, was your property? Or, even if it belonged to the issuing company, why could a random cashier take something that didn't belong to them?

Usually with promotions like this, they've defined what a lifetime amount is. 30 boxes isn't what I'd consider a lifetime amount, but it was probably in the fine print somewhere.

My dad won a "year's supply" of chicken sandwiches from a fast food place that turned out to be good for 52 meal's worth. Anecdotal, but 30 does seem a little low for a "lifetime".

Are you sure the cashier didn't just steal your card?

landlord wants us to use fire escape instead of front door

landlord wants us to use fire escape instead of front door

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landlord wants us to use fire escape instead of front door

This is in Massachusetts. Recently my property manager mentioned that the landlord would like to do some work on the front door/in the front hallway, which would temporarily block our access out. The property manager said that ‘while it’s not ideal,’ we could just use the fire escape outside our bedroom window (the only other exit accessible) while the work is done. On top of the fire escape not being very stable, this would mean leaving our bedroom window unlocked to get in and out, which is obviously dangerous. My landlord hasn’t made any concrete plans to start the work yet, but I can’t see how this could be legal and want to make sure I’m prepared with what to say to them. Thanks for your help.

Uh, all residences need 2 means of egress. They can’t block off the front door and allow you to live in there. Either they leave the door accessible or they provide temporary housing.

Also, if you’re in Boston, have Boston ISD by to make sure the fire escape is up to code and in good condition if you feel it’s unsafe.

Tell him in writing that you do not consent to this and will refuse access or eject any workers in your home. Let him try and evict you for this the judge will laugh in his face.

On top of the fire escape not being very stable

How much so? Enough such that you don't feel safe using it in the event of a fire? If so, IANAL but you might want to contact somebody (your landlord or your local fire marshal), as unmaintained fire exits are a serious problem that cause deaths each year.

Anon is claiming to have stalked and contemplated killing me, knows details about my life and schedule, is there a single thing i can do?

Anon is claiming to have stalked and contemplated killing me, knows details about my life and schedule, is there a single thing i can do?

I got a random message from a twitter account with zero tweets and followers, here

when i pressed him about it, he came up with places and dates that were accurate for my life and that i didn’t share online, here

is there a single thing the cops can do? he says he’s currently in a halfway house and doesn’t want to hurt me, but he’s obviously sick and i don’t trust him. i still live in the same place. i also went to the cops before to report a rape, and the detective on my case spent more time trying to get me to admit i was lying about being raped than he did asking me what happened. very traumatizing and i don’t trust cops. i’m just honestly scared for my life. i didn’t know it was seriously that easy to stalk someone.

i live in texas

update: i’m at the police station, cop at front says there isn’t much to be done and i should “help myself”

update 2: he sent me a picture of his ankle monitor as “proof” he’s been to prison or is on parole or... to give his story credibility? cop who spoke to me looked at the picture and said it’s fake. doubt he’s even at a halfway house or has been to prison.

This would definitely constitute harassment in many states. For certain, it is also considered cyber stalking, which, in my experience, is generally more harsh in penalties than simple electronic harassment.

Every state has their own rules and names for charges and such, but as for Texas, they consider cyber stalking to still be regular stalking. In Texas, stalking is when a person knowingly engages in conduct that: (1) stalker knows/reasonably believes victim will view as threatening, (2) causes fear, and (3) would cause a reasonable person to fear. It is a felony.

I would make a report to your local police department, they can use their resources to dig further. Even if the person is out of state, they are breaking laws elsewhere, too. You could also make a report to the FBI internet crimes division.

You might be interested in the concept of a "soft delete". Basically, rather than actually deleting the data, you just set a flag in a database to say "don't let anyone access this". The data are still there -- every IP address the person signed in from, their throwaway email, everything -- just not accessible to anyone outside of the company.

I think it's very likely that Twitter only ever soft-deletes accounts. All the data are there for law enforcement to use, even if you can't see them.

his account is locked and jesus, he might even delete it. can they still find him if he’s using a throwaway and it’s locked?

Try getting in touch with a domestic violence shelter. They usually know all the ins and outs of the local system. Perhaps they can help you.

My mom forced me to sign a contract before I turned 18.

My mom forced me to sign a contract before I turned 18.

I overslept that day and she told me if I didnt sign this she wouldn't drive me to work. She wrote on a piece of paper that she will be allowed to have access to my bank account when I turn 18. Is this contract legally binding and how likely is it that my bank will let her withdraw money if she wants to? I live in Austria if that makes any difference.

lol - No. If she takes her scrap of paper into the bank they will laugh at her

When you turn 18 you would be free to do whatever you want. You legally become an adult and are allowed to (and expected to) act like one.

But...

The flipside of this is that once you turn 18 your mother can completely cut you off if she wants so it's still a good idea to stay friends with her in case you need something.

Edit: Not sure why the other post got deleted but it would still be a very good idea for you to speak to your bank and make sure your mother doesn't have access to your bank account currently (or open a new one if she does). The bank shouldn't let her have access to your money - but never discount the possibility of incompetence in a bank worker.

The flipside of this is that once you turn 18 your mother can completely cut you off if she wants so it's still a good idea to stay friends with her in case you need something.

Not nearly as easy in Austria. If OP is still in school, university or doing an apprenticeship their parents still have to financially support him/her.

When you turn 18, go to the bank and close the account. Move to a different bank if you can.

Yes, move to a different bank AND DON'T TELL YOUR MOTHER WHICH.

[Canada] Employers wants unilateral change to compensation due minimum wage increase

[Canada] Employers wants unilateral change to compensation due minimum wage increaseScenario: 

In our original contract, there was a schedule definition that stated. 

Basic Salary: $22,230 per annum

Daily Bonus*: $38.10 per full time (8 hours or more) below 8 hours is prorated hourly

However, with the minimum wage increase in the new year. They announced that the will change basically salary and lower all the bonus to

Basic Salary: $30,000

Daily bonus*: $9.72

*the daily bonuses are slightly masked, but the key idea is there

There is also a cause in our contract that says “The agreement, and any attachments, or enclosures, represent the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior discussions, representations and agreements and may not be varied, altered or amended except in writing signed by each of the employee and the company.”

A lot of us has expressed disagreement with this new payment structure. What we are hoping for is the basic salary raising to the minimal and our daily bonus stays the same. 

Questions: 


Are these changes a clear violation of original contract? 
Are they required to get written consent following the changes rather than just announcing it?
Can they force us to sign contract on new terms that we don't agree with and can we file for constructive dismal for no penalties for leaving? 
How accurate is this webpage in terms of the options that we have ( http://www.lawnow.org/changing-terms-of-employment/)?


Edit1: removed because it wasn't helping

Edit2: minimum wages are changing from $11.xx to $14 dollars an hour in January 2018 and from $14 to $15 in January 2019
[Canada] Employers wants unilateral change to compensation due minimum wage increase

Scenario:

In our original contract, there was a schedule definition that stated.

Basic Salary: $22,230 per annum

Daily Bonus*: $38.10 per full time (8 hours or more) below 8 hours is prorated hourly

However, with the minimum wage increase in the new year. They announced that the will change basically salary and lower all the bonus to

Basic Salary: $30,000

Daily bonus*: $9.72

*the daily bonuses are slightly masked, but the key idea is there

There is also a cause in our contract that says “The agreement, and any attachments, or enclosures, represent the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior discussions, representations and agreements and may not be varied, altered or amended except in writing signed by each of the employee and the company.”

A lot of us has expressed disagreement with this new payment structure. What we are hoping for is the basic salary raising to the minimal and our daily bonus stays the same.

Questions:

Are these changes a clear violation of original contract?

Are they required to get written consent following the changes rather than just announcing it?

Can they force us to sign contract on new terms that we don't agree with and can we file for constructive dismal for no penalties for leaving?

How accurate is this webpage in terms of the options that we have ( http://www.lawnow.org/changing-terms-of-employment/)?

Edit1: removed because it wasn't helping

Edit2: minimum wages are changing from $11.xx to $14 dollars an hour in January 2018 and from $14 to $15 in January 2019

If your employer were smart they'd follow the language of the original agreement and amend the contract.

They're between a rock and a hard place here. Because they MUST meet minimum wage requirements by law. I don't know what the minimum wage is in your part of Canada but it really looks like they lowered your bonus schedule so they could give you more base pay and comply with the law.

I understand that it removes some incentive for top performers to perform.

You're free to refuse. But they're also free to stop employing you.

Well then that's definitely "I should talk to a lawyer" territory. Lest some random asshole on the Internet causes you to make a $30,000 mistake.

I take it you work along side OP? If there's 30 grand on the line here then you can afford an attorney. Maybe split the cost of the consultation amongst the group?

As a note, they hang a $30000 penalty for training costs over our heads if we decide to leave. Not sure how that interacts with our choice whether to resign or not

Imagine if they were tell clients that they couldn't keep us because they didn't want to meet minimum salary requirements in the basic salary and keep our bonus the same

Clients are unlikely to care, but regardless: don't do this. If you have an NDA you'd certainly be violating it, plus, there several ways this could get you into legal, or other, trouble.

Legality of evicting tenants because they’re expecting a baby and landlord says there are no children allowed in the home? Washington State

Legality of evicting tenants because they’re expecting a baby and landlord says there are no children allowed in the home? Washington State

I’m posting for a friend, she and her boyfriend are having a baby in late March and they’re renting a single family home. They moved in in September and the lease is for a year. The home is owned by a single woman. My friend’s boyfriend is in the Navy, if that matters.

She sent my friend an email saying, word for word, ‘Hi (friend), sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I’m unable to rent to you any longer, children under 18 are not permitted as residents in my home and as you are expecting a baby I cannot rent to you after March. I like you guys and want to give you time to find a new place but if you have not found one by the time the baby arrives I will unfortunately have to evict you, and since that can make it difficult to ever rent again I obviously don’t want to do that. If everything is in order I will absolutely give you your security deposit back but there will be a penalty of $1000 for ending the lease early. Please let me know that you got this, I can be reached at...’

I could be wrong but I believe it’s illegal to evict someone or discriminate against them for family status? My friend checked the lease and there is nothing about children under 18, and the house isn’t located in a neighborhood with an HOA that would have rules like that. And it’s not one of those senior communities, my friend is 31.

Their rent is $1500 a month and if they get their security deposit back I guess she’s saying it’ll be minus that thousand dollars for ending the lease early, even though the landlord was the one saying that the lease needed to be ended, not my friend. She’s freaking out pretty badly right now so if anyone has any advice I can pass on to her, I would really appreciate it.

This "landlord" wants them to leave early AND pay an early termination fee?

Advise your friend to have her boyfriend bring the letter to the attention of the legal resources he has access to as being enlisted in the Navy.

I very much doubt it's legal to void someone's lease because they're having a child. Even if it's in the lease, this probably isn't legal.

I'd honestly like to see the landlord try to take them to court and get them evicted. The look on the judge's face after s/he found out the renters had been paying the rent on time and the landlord wanted them out because they were having a baby would be great.

This is kind of an important point to make sure the OP's friend is aware of. Throughout this entire process, she needs to make sure to NEVER STOP PAYING RENT. Pay in full on time every time, even if you're currently in court about the situation. Do not stop paying the rent for any reason as long as you live there. A lot of people stop paying rent while in disputes with their landlord, and it's the surest way to screw yourself over because it gives them cause to evict even if they didn't have anything valid before.

Try one of these subthreads