Woman sues supermarket for releasing wrong video in credit card fraud case and falsely naming her as thief
|The photo of Kelly Epperson and stepdaughter that was |
released to the media
A woman’s life was turned upside down when she was falsely accused of credit card fraud.
44-year-old Kelly Epperson of Oregon, went to get groceries at her Safeway supermarket with her 13-year-old stepdaughter.
At the same time, two other women came in and bought items with a stolen credit card.
Police who were investigating the theft, asked the supermarket employees to hand over the surveillance videos of the two women.
Unfortunately, they handed over the wrong video and Epperson was named as the fraudster and credit card thief.
Police released a photo of Epperson and her stepdaughter. It was sent to the media so people can help police identify the suspect.
Sadly, Epperson’s name was dragged through the mud. She and her stepdaughter were humiliated and shunned by people.
A day later, the Lincoln City Police Department announced that they were given the wrong footage by the supermarket and that they worked on correcting the error.
It took police another 24 hours before removing Epperson's photo from their Facebook page and to explain clearly that an error had been made.
She is now suing the chain for Safeway for $425,000 over their mistake, claiming that “she has been shunned by the community as a result of the error, leaving her reputation in tatters. She suffers from a sense of loss, disgrace, anxiety, and fear.”