#1
Ok Pit, here goes.

Before I start; yes, I am a teenager...inb4 "stoopid kids shouldn't whine so much".

So anyway, here's the deal. My friends and I always go and hang out a local store after school and on the weekends (a hyvee, for those that know what they are) because they have a cheap little eatery with decent foods. We never caused any trouble or stole things; just ate and hung out.

But a little while ago, a new manager (we'll call him "Tom") was hired to oversee the restaurant side of the store. Every time we went in and bought stuff, he'd make a b-line to our table and demand we show him our receipts. Everyone always paid for the food off the shelves, so that was fine. But the store gives an option to pay for your food after you eat it if that food was purchased from the eatery. Apparently this rule only applies to adults, however, as whenever one of my friends waited to pay until after eating, Tom accused us all of stealing, forced and escorted them up to the cash register to pay for the food (sometimes even throwing the person out), and had the employees by the eatery watch us for the rest of the meal.

This had been going on for about a month or so, until two days ago when Tom banned and barred one of us from the store. So yesterday we all went up there as usual to grab some dinner and chill when Tom comes over and asks (just) us for our receipts. We show him as usual, he still gets mad as usual, and he and his cronies watch and follow us around the store...as usual. We were all a little pissed off about what happened to our friend the other day, so we decided to give Tom and his cronies a run for their money.

Our group split up around the store and just walked around, looking a random food items. Tom and the fellow managers were obsessed in following us around, and spent all their time stalking us through the store. This continued for about an hour, and then we left. Later that night, a friend of mine *67'd and called the store, asked for Tom, and hung up. Tom apparently called the cops, who contacted the phone company, and traced the call back to my friend's phone. They then called his house, and was forced to give the names and numbers of all those who were at the store last night.

So today, all of us received calls from a special investigator at the county's office of criminal investigations. The store is apparently threatening to press charges of criminal harassment and other related sub-charges against us.

So my question is, can they do that? We did nothing out of the ordinary...it was simply a prank call. If anything, I believe it was Tom who did the harassing; discriminating against us because of our age. I know that a common response would be "Well, you're kids; quit whining and get over it". But, (and I really hate to play this card) if Tom had given a group of (insert a minority group here) people the same treatment that he gave us, there would be a HUGE uproar about it. Are there grounds for the counter-argument that Tom was in fact harassing us? Are we protected by any laws (such as the Civil Rights Acts, etc)? Are there any resources or organizations that can provide help and information on the subject, or do any of you perhaps have anything that can help?

Sorry for the wall of text, i just wanted to get the whole story out there. Oh, and this is in the United States, so only our laws will apply, obviously. Thanks for the help.
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I know how you feel haha but i dont think theres a whole lot you can do. at lunch i go to burger king and they give the adults trays and dont give us trays because a few morons went and threw them in the garbage. i also agree if it were some sort of minority it would be a whole different story
#5
Tom sounds like a dick, just stop going there and giving that shit face your money.
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#7
They can kick you off their public property, whether it is deserved or not, but pressing charges is just ridiculous, and I doubt they will win.
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This. Why would you want to continue to put money in this man's pocket? Makes no sense.

And with the other, I'm sure you'll be fine. They might can try to stick some silly charge to the kid that actually called and hung up but it'll never stand up. He could just say he forgot what he wanted. They can't do anything to you if you weren't stealing.
#11
No, dont stop going to HYVEE, their Hy-chi is the best cheap stuff that pretends to be chineeese food.... yay cheap food!
#12
Well, I would say just don't go there, but managers still have a boss. So, I guess you could just complain? Or just ignore the ****tard and go to a different place.
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Complain to his boss or eat somewhere else. It's not your place to deal with dicks in charge.
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#14
You should bring this to the People's Court. Have a mad fast talking mexican lady help solve your problem.
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was everyone cool with you guys before Tom came?

you should talk to the old managers and see what they can do.
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#18
Just hang out there and buy a cheap amount of food. Remember, stay there for hours to annoy him. You'll feel better and by the way they wont win unless they have reason of suspect you'r criminals.
#19
He's been harassing you ever since he started asking only your group for receipts. Problem: you'd have to prove it was only you, and he'd just have to come up with an excuse to suspect it.

Solution: Quit paying the man to be a dick to you. If you can take your own food in and eat it, do so. If they have a problem with loitering don't do so. Follow the rules absolutely to the letter as long as you can; this will piss them off to no end.

Solution 2: Quit paying the man to be a dick to you. Go elsewhere. It's not worth it.

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#20
I call bullshit. Some of it may be true, but I have a feeling most of it is exaggerated. Also, why in the hell would you keep going back there in the first place? It seems like you were asking for trouble in the first place by constantly going back there.
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#22
If they press charges they won't win. Tell them what you told us.

They are the ones in the wrong.
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lol. I actually just started reading it. It's freakin' hilarious.
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fixed

and TS, never give that place your money again. go somewhere else. if you're really motivated, establish a picket line outside of the store. it can be a lot of fun (bring the right type of people ; ) )and it can get something accomplished. i know it sounds like i'm being an angsty teenager, but i honestly believe minors are horribly treated. it is bullshit the way more capable teens are held back while dumbass "mature" adults have their way.


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#26
Hmm what I think you all don't understand (or perhaps just forgot) is that teenagers have a natural instinct to do the opposite of what there told. To just piss off adults. It's what we live for

I think I understand what he's trying to get at though. Why should him and his friends stop going there becuz some dic k started working there? Like let's say they had been going there for years. New management starts being a bitch. They can't just "go somewhere else". Okay well in theory they could but the point is they are being picked on for little to no reason

Y'know I think in reality adults are the bullies not hormonal teenagers
#27
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Is this discrimination? I really need your help, Pit
no, but it is harassment. too bad he beat you to the punch on that. you could have easily reported his behaviour to the people who own the joint, but since he took the lead, you're on the defensive now.


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We were all a little pissed off about what happened to our friend the other day, so we decided to give Tom and his cronies a run for their money.

Our group split up around the store and just walked around, looking a random food items. Tom and the fellow managers were obsessed in following us around, and spent all their time stalking us through the store.
That was a dick move. You just made things worse. See what happens when you try to get revenge?


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Later that night, a friend of mine *67'd and called the store, asked for Tom, and hung up. Tom apparently called the cops, who contacted the phone company, and traced the call back to my friend's phone. They then called his house, and was forced to give the names and numbers of all those who were at the store last night.
another dick move. what was the point to that?

and your friend was a pussy. he cracked under threats. if they make any case at all against your group. guys like this will sink every one of you.
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