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Are there any recorded (recorded, perhaps, in responsa) instances of a failed sale of chametz (e.g., the gentile refused to buy the stuff and another couldn't be found, or the rabbi forgot to do it), in modern times (i.e., in a case that a whole community, and not just an individual tavernkeeper, was relying on the sale)? What was done about it?

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A certain Beis Din in Yerushalayim found out in about 1995 that they had been selling for quite a few years to someone who was really a Jew. I do not have any online sources nor do I wish to give away my sources for concerns of Lashon Hara.

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That was a successful sale, not a failed one. – WAF Apr 22 '11 at 19:28
@R'WAF: s/sale/transaction/ – msh210 May 9 '11 at 7:24

It happened to my father-in-law - the community forgot to sell his Chametz one year. Since then he has always sold it himself directly to a non-Jew. But I don't think they forgot everyone's, they just misplaced his paper.

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Thanks, but I was looking for a whole community's stuff that was unsold, rather than an individual's. – msh210 Mar 11 '13 at 22:40

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