The lack of understanding you guys show of the basic principles of American law is very disturbing.
[quote]The grocery clerks were trying to stop her because she broke the law and cops were not there to arrest her at the time. So, they were trying to catch her to help the cops.<hr></blockquote>
Vigilante justice is illegal, mmmkay?
You can make a citizen's arrest, sure, but that is for a felony offense. Trying to steal $200 worth of food
is not a felony. What you do as a citizen at that point is call the police (which they didn't do until she hit the tree) and maybe follow her (not chase and attack, follow). You are NOT allowed to break the law to catch a petty thief. You are NOT allowed to chase him/her at 90mph through busy streets. You are NOT allowed to physically confront the petty thief.
These are very basic tenets of law.
The level of hypocrisy is amazing. You people have finally admitted that the Albertson's employees were wrong in their actions but now you think they should be let off with a slap on the wrist while bemoaning her lack of personal responsibility. It's absolutely insane.
The only problem you guys have is this hatred of "sue for money" culture and you apply that to this case immediately without even thinking it through. Sure, there are frivolous cases, but not all cases are ridiculous.
But that's a little too much to ask from such an ignorant populace so used to making emotional judgements. That kind of thinking might allow our highest elected officials to get away with breaking many laws without reprimand as long as we get bored with the proceedings... oh wait...