|icbeast - Refactor Mercilessly|
|Why didn't the filthy Canadians just turn the camera over to the park ranger in the first place? Or did they not report it until they were home already? This makes no sense. I'm not going to read all the comments but I scanned through and noticed others were skeptical. This is a major point of contention for me. Also, why did they Canadian mom say "We had to spend a lot of money to get a charger and a memory card." and then refuse to send back the rightful owner's own memory cards. The plural there makes it even more suspicious. Anyway, if it is true, the Canadian parents have absolutely no legal or moral justification for not returning the camera and memory cards.|
|Jeremy - 9263 Posts|
|Yeah some people are skeptical. However it could be explained by a) The canadian mother just wanted to keep the memory cards and said that, forgetting she made up the part about buying the extra stuff or b) incorrectly assumed the cards would do the owner no good without the camera and what she really said was the cards wouldnt work without the camera, rather than vice versa.|
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
|I had almost this exact same thing happen to me involving a friend of mine and a binder with some sheet music. Granted the binder did not cost me $500, but the principle is the same. I still haven't gotten it back, and this friend refuses to acknowledge that he basically stole it from me. Basically, this is a case of theft, and a mom who is in no way shape or form doing anything remotely good for her kid. "Oh, my kid has diabetes and he has bad luck, so we are going to keep your $500 camera because it will make my kid with diabetes feel better". What?!?|
|Jeremy - I believe virtually everything I read.|
Right, plus the story could be true, and maybe they don't want to take the camera away, but they should have to buy it then, it's not theirs to decide ownership of. (Frankly I wouldn't want a $500 dollar camera back knowing it's been a 9 year old's toy for a few months) They should settle on a fair price, less what she would pay as a "reward".
I wonder what the legal definition of "lost" is. I know there's a difference between lost and abandoned. But what is the difference between lost and stolen? If you set your cell phone down it's no longer on your person, so is it lost? What if you walk 5 feet away? What about 10? What about out of eyesight from it? Out of eyesight for an amount of time?
|icbeast - 3619 Posts|
|Once in high school I lost a small jacknife that I think had been on my keychain. Then a couple of weeks or months later I noticed one my friends had a blue swiss army knife that looked a lot like the one I lost. I confirmed it was the same one and asked for it back, and I think he did give it back. He called me an Indian-giver though. I think that's what happened anyway.|