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Wal-Mart sued by Halifax woman over security incident

By The Canadian Press   

News Retail

A Halifax woman who claims she was injured in collisions with a shoplifting suspect and a security guard at a local Wal-Mart store has launched a lawsuit against the company.

According to documents made public Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Debra Hartnett was shopping at one of the chain’s locations on Sept. 7, 2006 when she stopped to talk to an acquaintance.

The statement of claim says while chatting, Hartnett was stuck suddenly by an alleged shoplifter and a security guard that was chasing the suspect.

The documents say Hartnett was hit so hard by the guard that she spun around, collapsed and fell unconscious, suffering injuries.

The documents claim security staff was negligent in their pursuit of the suspect and showed disregard for the safety of shoppers.

Wal-Mart Canada Corp. has not filed a defence in the case and none of the allegations contained in the statement of claim has been proven in court.

Hartnett is claiming general, special and punitive damages.

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