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If someone has a shop that the Rabanim say is hasogas gevul, but he refuses to close it, is it just a problem for the seller or is it also a problem for buying from there?

  • "Rabanim" which Rabanim ? are you talking about a City with a single community Bet Din or about a city that has several Batei Din ? – eramm Sep 1 '14 at 13:41
  • Are you asking if it's permitted to go against the psak or do you just mean to establish a case where there is no safek as to the status of the store ? assuming the latter... – eramm Sep 1 '14 at 16:28
  • When I lived in a certain community with this issue, the Rabbonim issued an announcement instructing everyone not to shop there. That could have just been a practical way of giving their decision practical weight, but it was an instruction coming from the local Beis Din nonetheless. – Y     e     z Sep 1 '14 at 18:15
  • @eramm, re "Are you asking if it's permitted to go against the psak or do you just mean to establish a case where there is no safek as to the status of the store ?" -- or a third possibility: the potential customer who has this sh'ela follows a rabbi who's ruled that the storekeeper is masig g'vul. – msh210 Sep 2 '14 at 5:00
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There is a concept in Halacha of not encouraging somebody to continue his evil ways.

For example: One may not buy from a thief, as this encourages him to continue stealing.

If this is a real case of Hasogas Gevul then buying from him encourages him to continue being Masig Gevul, and it should be forbidden.

Sample source from the Kitzur סימן קפב - הלכות גנבה וגזלה in סעיף ח:

אָסוּר לִקְנוֹת מֵהַגַנָּב אוֹ מֵהַגַּזְלָן אֶת הַחֵפֶץ שֶׁגָּנַב אוֹ גָזָל. וְאֵין חִלּוּק בֵּין שֶׁהוּא יִשְֹרָאֵל אוֹ נָכְרִי, כִּי גַם הַנָּכְרִי נִצְטַוֶּה עַל אִסּוּר גְּנֵבָה וּגְזֵלָה אֲפִלּוּ מִנָּכְרִי חֲבֵרוֹ, וְהוּא מִשֶּׁבַע מִצְוֹת שֶׁנִּצְטַוּוּ עֲלֵיהֶם. וְעָוֹן גָּדוֹל הוּא לִקְנוֹת מִן הַגַּנָּב אוֹ מִן הַגַּזְלָן, שֶׁהֲרֵי הוּא מַחֲזִיק יְדֵי עוֹבְרֵי עֲבֵרָה. וְעַל זֶה נֶאֱמַר, חוֹלֵק עִם גַּנָּב שׂוֹנֵא נַפְשׁוֹ, וְגוֹרֵם לַגַּנָּב שֶׁיִגְנוֹב עוֹד גַּם גְּנֵבוֹת אֲחֵרוֹת, וְאִם לֹא יִמְצָא לוֹקֵחַ, לֹא יִגְנוֹב.‏

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