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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 23:34:08 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Parking but not buying **is** theft--you can be fined! Jonathan Schiff (V32n70) responds about the status of parking in a parking lot while doing business in another store. This **is** theft under Jewish law. However it is a special type of theft: It is theft where the other party does not loose! Most people think there is no payment for such a theft. Correct(almost). But if you continually do it you can be fined. The exact citations occur in Rambam Thefts and Losses 3:6-9 >> 9)A person who lives (eg parks) in someone elses lot without his knowledge: Then if the owner does not normally charge then this person need not pay EVEN if he would otherwise pay(parking meters) because this is a case of THIS PERSON BENEFITED WHILE THE OTHER DID NOT LOSE 6) A person who took someone elses ox to carry a bundle and returns the animal intack to the owner...EVEN THOUGH HE HAS VIOLATED A NEGATIVE PROHIBITION (of theft) nevertheless he does not pay because no loss occured. BUT IF HE CONTINUALLY DOES THIS THEN WE FINE HIM >> As for the other case (walking into a laundromat to get change) I would think that the owner wants people to use his laundromat as the advertisement benefits his business Russell Hendel; Phd ASA Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.RashiYomi.COm/-------NEW IMPROVED