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The general principle involved here is טעות עכו"ם - mistakes of a non-Jew. Halachically such a mistake falls under the general rubric of returning lost objects. Halacha requires one to go to great lengths to return lost objects, but limits this to fellow Jews. If something is found in a location where it is most likely that it was a non-Jews item, then there ...


The Chofetz Chaim famously wrote that he saw many people keep the profits of a non-Jew's mistake, and it never went well for any of them. Generally, the right thing to do is to inform them of the mistake. If there's a long line and a rush to ring up the groceries, you could potentially argue that both the cashier and the management would rather lose ten ...

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