"We had a fire in our house last night!" replied Yisroel. "Actually, I was the one that took your wallet yesterday... and it got burned."
"So you stole it," said Shlomi.
"I didn't 'steal' it," protested Yisroel. "I did it for your good, to teach you to be more careful."
"Well, you had no right to touch my wallet," argued Shlomi. "You're responsible for it!"
"I put away the wallet safely in my desk," said Yisroel. "The fire was an oness."
Answer: The minimum value of hashavas aveidah is a perutah, a coin worth .025g (1/1,000 oz.) of silver. At current silver prices, this is a penny or two. Thus, almost all items have this value.
However, this minimal value must exist both at the time of loss and at the time of finding. Thus, food that spoiled and no longer has any value is not subject to hashavas aveidah (C.M. 262:1). Furthermore, some Poskim maintain that the perutah value is determined by the item’s market value (Nesivos 148:1). A single shoe is worthless on the market. See full answer
Question: A customer called the other day and told me that he purchased a defective fold-up bed from me. I told him to bring it to the store for a refund. He responded that he doesn't drive, and when he purchased it, he paid a car service to bring it to his house. He then demanded that I repay him for the expense of the car service and that I hire a driver to pick up the bed from his house.
Am I obligated to repay him for the money he spent to have the bed delivered to his house? Who is responsible to bring the bed back to my store, me or him?
Our experts are available to answer your business halacha questions now!