Gotta be more careful OP, there is a lot of bs floating around about all this and I'm pretty sure this is bs.
The video in the article is incomplete and the full video posted by Gathomas shows pretty clear evidence of a likely robbery. Everything about the video is consistent with him shoplifting and physically pushing past and threatening the clerk which I believe makes it a robbery.
He takes a bunch of items, drops some on the ground, gives some to his friend. His friend puts the item back on the counter. While Brown is retrieving dropped items off the floor the clerk snatches the stuff on the counter then walks around to try and take back the other items. Brown pushes him out of the way as the clerk tries to guard the door and then Brown turns to the clerk and menaces him until he backs off.
Nothing in the video indicates he paid.