I Hope this is the right place for this. I tried Reddit and received mostly rude responses - no surprise there.
Can add details if needed for I was arrested for shoplifting. I was accused of not ringing up 3-4 items valued under 5 dollars each at a self check-out kiosk. (I had maybe 40-50 items total in cart) It was an accident / carelessness. I was asked for my ID. Figuring this was simply procedure to ensure it’s not a theme with any individual, I did so assuming it would be copied and I will pay for the missing items and be on my way. Instead, I was asked to follow the manager and was arrested. Footage didn’t show me being sneaky or anything, but “we see this tactic all the time, how long have you been shoplifting?” …i’m sorry, what?
Arrested, detained, and horrified. Bailed hot, hired a lawyer to advised me to not try to go to trial as the judge favors retail establishments no matter if there is lack of evidence or not, etc. I was uncomfortable with that because I wanted to plead not guilty, but I agreed to have the case dismissed by prosecution. Supposedly, my record is being expunged.
I know I don’t have to disclose this experience to average employers. (currently prior service, earning PHD, working retail on base) but I am also aware that for future job opportunities requiring TSC or to investigators I SHOULD disclose this awful, embarrassing experience.
My question is: Is all hope lost for me? Is this a game over for my aspirations of working for the NSA? I won’t have a catastrophic meltdown if that’s the case. It will hurt, but I’ll press on of course.
for reference: honorable discharge, linguist, no prior record at all