Man ordered to pay Walmart $89,000 for calling in bomb threat to get his girlfriend off from work early


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By: Feng Qian

A man in Canada, was jailed and he received a large fine for calling in a bomb threat to a Walmart store.

19-year-old Logan Richard Arsenault of Charlottetown, wanted to be a good boyfriend and give his girlfriend a break from work so he called in a bomb threat.

The teenager went to a pay phone in Stratford, and called in the bomb threat. His plan worked as all the shoppers and employees of Walmart were evacuated.

The store remained closed for six hours, as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) explosives unit and firefighters searched the store.

As a result of the closure, Walmart suffered loss of business in the amount of approximately $100,000.

Arsenault was arrested, and he pleaded guilty to calling in the bomb threat. Chief Judge Nancy Orr in the provincial court ordered him to pay Walmart $89,100 in restitution.

Walmart will be able to garnish his wages or use other measures to recover that money.

Arsenault was placed on probation for three years. He must write an apology letter to the retailer and he is banned from going within 500 metres of the Walmart in Charlottetown.

The judge said that anyone who acts like Arsenault should understand that there will be consequences to their actions. “If you can’t afford to pay then don’t do it,” Orr said.