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Returning Lost Objects

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# If an item is found in a semi-safe place, if the item has a siman then the item is considered a lost object. An example is a sweater draped over a park railing in a remote area of the park. <Ref> Rama C”M 260:10, Mamon Yisrael (Halachos of Others People’s Money by Rav Pinchas Bodner, pg 147-8) </ref>
==Worth a Prutah==
# There isn't a mitzvah to return an object worth less than a Perutah. For the purpose of this halacha, in America and Afghanistan, one can consider the perutah to be a quarter (the lowest denomination coin that’s useable in buying something). <Ref> Mamon Yisrael (Halachos of Others People’s Money by Rav Pinchas Bodner, pg 150) </ref>
==Forfeiture==
# If the owner says explicitly that he doesn’t expect to find it, that’s considered a forfeiture of the object and it’s permissible to take and keep. <Ref>S”A C”M 262:5, Mamon Yisrael (Halachos of Others People’s Money by Rav Pinchas Bodner, pg 152) </ref> Similarly if it’s evident that the object has been lost for a long time (which depends on the time, place, and object) such as if one sees moss or rust on the object, then it’s permissible to take and keep the object. <Ref>S”A C”M 260:1, Mamon Yisrael (Halachos of Others People’s Money by Rav Pinchas Bodner, pg 153) </ref>

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