... my own university! Here are the (undisputed) facts: 3 other students and myself went to the bookstore to purchase sketchbooks for an art class. We saw an unmarked, empty cardbox box in the middle of the bookstore, so we picked it up. We took our sketchbooks, and the cardboard box to the register. Paid for the sketchbooks. Walked out. *I* was holding the box. Apparently this was "caught" on camera. Today I was charged $200 for "shoplifting" despite the fact that this box was NOT merchandise (according to the bookstore), and a formal complaint was filed against me for shoplifting (which will show up on my record). *No one* else in my group was charged except me, because I was holding the box. Also, the director of the bookstore repeatedly stated that I had "an attitude problem" and that I needed an "adjustment" when honestly, I was firm but polite in my insistence that I (we) meant no malice in taking the box: as is clear by the fact we paid for our other items, we weren't trying to covertly sneak the box out. I have no idea what to do. First of all, I offered to replace the box. That apparently was not good enough because I was fined $200 which seems excessive and unfair. Add a charge of shoplifting to that: are you kidding? I have a 3.8 GPA with two majors. My dad actually taught at my university. I'm a good kid, and I cannot believe they are coming down this hard on me. Oh, the crowning moment? When I said to the director of the bookstore: "I'm not some frat boy trying to pull a prank. I really didn't mean any harm." His reply: "Fraternities are excellent organizations and if you spent more time around them you'd know that. Clearly your have an attitude that needs adjustment." Listen, buddy, I'm in a sorority! Anyway, what an awful day. Thanks for any advice, guys.