Coblyn v. Kennedy’s, Inc. Case Brief

Coblyn v. Kennedy’s, Inc.
359 Mass. 319, 268 N.E.2d 860 (1971)


  • Plaintiff shopped at defendant’s store
  • Defendant’s employee stopped plaintiff thing that plaintiff has shoplifted and told him to go see the manager.
  • Plaintiff really old and suffered embarrassment and physical pain

Issue: Were there reasonable grounds for the detention?

Holding: No


  • Test is an objective one and not subjective
  • Even though the employee thought that plaintiff shoplifted, but his belief was not reasonable

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