Q: I received a package with bars of Platinum in my locked PO box, the mail man signed for it, can i keep the bars?
I opened the package as it was addressed to my address and i had recently ordered something from amazon, but instead of a book, two 1oz bars of platinum fell out of the package. A few days later, a manager from one of the local post offices came to my door asking if i had gotten the package, i told him what had happened, and that the bars were at a friends house, am I allowed to keep the bars seeing as the mail man signed for them? isn't it their liability? if their is no law obligating me to return the contents of the package, i don't want to, and if i do, i feel i deserve at least SOME compensation for all of the stress this has caused me.
A: You do not get to keep them. You know the bars are not yours, and it was an error. "Finders keepers" is not a New York State law.
No, you are not allowed to keep the platinum bars as they do not belong to you and were delivered to you by mistake.
Unknowingly receiving them isn't a crime, but willfully retaining them with knowledge they are not yours may be. I recommend you make arrangements to return them as promptly as practicable.
Daniel Michael Luisi agrees with this answer
A: It looks like it was done in error, and the mix-up was promptly discovered. The intended recipient can pursue recovery in such a situation, and given the value of platinum, it is likely they would. You could check with local attorneys if they see things differently. Good luck
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