Originally Posted by MediaBLITZ
Here's my answer from last week - playing in a live tourney I got moved to another table and there was 5 - $5 chips in my cup holder. I asked the guy next to me if they were his and he told me they belonged to the guy who got knocked out a few minutes prior (whom I did not see).
I KEPT THE CHIPS to finger shuffle and use as a card protector until I got knocked out hours later at the final table. I then took the chips to the poker desk, told them how I found them and they thanked me and said they knew exactly who they belonged to (as he called to alert them that he had left them behind).
I'll tell you what I'd tell my kids - if you know it does not belong to you AND you know who it does belong to and you keep it - it is stealing - whether you found it, had it mistakenly given to you or what ever.
You know for a fact its NOT yours AND you know for a fact who the rightful owner is AND think you have some sort of claim to it, considering "finders keepers" to be some sort of moral clause that makes it okay????!!!!!
OMFG - no wonder Joan Rivers hates poker players. I am shocked and dismayed at the comments and current results of the poll. I hope none of you in favor of keeping it EVER said a hypocritical word against Howard Lederer.
We take edge where we can get it. If someone else's mistake happen to benefit me then I won't correct it. Stealing would require it to be an act. This isn't an act, it is a non-act.
This situation is completely passive, whereby we don't take any action. Yet you claim it to be stealing, how come?
How do you come to the conclusion that not doing something = doing something . . .
As for Howard Lederer, well that situation was active and intended, therefore completely different.
Concerning your point about who has the claim to what. OP doesn't have any claim to it. Neither should he think he does. At the same time though the cage has given up their claim to it. This is a situation where you find yourself in possession of an item where no one has any right to it.
@JCDA ^ It's not about the material gain that can be had in this scenario. $20 is the exact same as $20,000. It dropped onto your lap and denying good fortune would be a mistake in either case.