Young people often make mistakes. Many times, they may not truly understand the consequences of being convicted of even a relatively minor crime in North Carolina. Whether it involves traffic tickets, underage drinking or shoplifting, having a criminal record can affect a person's life for years. As one woman recently found out, a mistake she made in her teens came back to haunt her 40 years later.
The woman, who is now 58 years old, had been working in the mortgage unit at a Wells Fargo Bank. When the company started performing background checks on all currently-employed workers in that division, they uncovered that the woman had a criminal record. She had been convicted of shoplifting 40 years ago as a teenager.