Monday, May 4, 2009

Demanding payment for returning lost property


One may not demand payment in exchange for returning a lost object. However, one who loses time from his own work in order to return someone's property may demand S'char Batalah payment.

The extent of S'char Batalah payment is subject to some debate. It is either:
a) The value of the work one lost,
b) The amount one would have to pay someone in his line of work, to get him to take that time off.

Both opinions have strong sources behind them.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 265:1)

Have a great day,

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