imagine you’ve just split from your boyfriend, you’re depressed and a bit unsure on how to fill your time.
A mutual friend says “I have an Xbox I don’t use; you can have it”
He brings the Xbox around. Four months later you send him a private message on Facebook saying that you’ve been told he wants the Xbox back. His response is “Nah, you can keep it. I MAY want it back in the future.”
Eight or nine months later you put up a public post on Facebook declaring your intent to sell the Xbox. You have not seen this friend for months, nor have you spoken to him. He is a Facebook friend but makes no comment to this post.
So you sell it.
A week later you’re told it’s theft and you could be charged!
The Xbox giver has got his friend – your ex boyfriend – and the friends current girlfriend to both give false statements to the police saying he has asked for it back. His mother also claims the same thing – this is the woman, he claims, doesn’t care about him at all and regularly beats him bloody!
Even though you still have that Facebook message – you are guilty of theft!
Trust me – it’s just happened to my daughter!
When I tried to ask questions of the police officer who interviewed my daughter, I was told: “If you’re going to argue, I will arrest her!”
They interviewed her without my presence – apparently they can do that if someone is over 17 – but she didn’t warn us that was the case when she called us in for the interview! She was very blunt, brusque and rude in how she dealt with both myself and Jess (who was absolutely petrified!).
So, be warned, if you are gifted something – don’t ever sell it on!