Sunday, May 10, 2009

Returning lost property to unethical people


If a person is known to be unethical, and he claims an item you have found, you should not return it to him even if he provides identifying information. This is because the system of using "identifying information" is vulnerable to wanton abuse.

A person who is known to be unethical must actually bring witnesses that the item is his.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 267:5)

Have a good day,

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