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Relationship Between a Principal and an Agent

Karen is shopping at Big Mart. She has with her an umbrella which is the same brand Big Mart carries. When a Big Mart employee, Steve, sees her leave with the umbrella without going through the checkout lane, he asks her to come back into the store. Steve says that he thinks Karen is shoplifting the umbrella. Karen tells him that she has had the umbrella for years and shows him marks of wear and tear. Steve apologizes and tells Karen she is free to go. Can Karen successfully sue for false imprisonment or defamation? From what you have learned about the relationship between a principal and an agent, analyze whether Steve or Big Mart could be liable because of Steve's actions.

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Karen cannot successfully sue because she was questioned and temporarily detained. In this case, no force was used, which would have caused additional issues. Steve is an employee and has a duty to act in the best interest of his employer, so he is justified in his approach to Karen. After investigating further, he immediately releases Karen, so that no further harm is ...

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This solution explains the relationship between a principal and an agent, in the case of Karen and Big Mart. Includes 2 references.