I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. What about asking him to do m'lacha that we do not think will benefit a Jew?

(I'm thinking for example of telling a driver — let's say as he's leaving the Jewish neighborhood — to turn on his headlights, but my question is more general.)


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It is allowed to tell a nonjew to do a m'lacha for himself. Ramma siman 307 siff 21.

The Mishna Berurah #73 explains that since the item never belonged to a Jew, and the action being done is solely to benefit the nonjew, there was never a g'zeira of amira li'eino Yehudi.

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