Marie doesn’t get the legal help she needs after unintentionally shoplifting and ends up losing her job.

Marie was in the drugstore after a night in Emergency with her sick daughter. She forgot to pick up a basket at the door, so tucked her prescriptions into the side pocket of her bag while she searched for cough medicine. Then she forgot to pay for them.

The security guard would not believe her and she was charged with theft. She called legal aid, but it wasn’t available because she won’t likely go to jail. She didn’t mean to steal but pleads guilty – after what she’s seen in her life, she wants to stay away from the police and the courts. When her agency asks employees to update their records, she is fired on the spot. Her supervisor explains that the company could be sued if they let someone who had shoplifted go to elderly people’s homes.

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