Against Theft Research Paper

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While my friend and I were at the beach, we find a ring, five hundred dollars, and a phone that had to be charged. Either we keep the phone, ring, and money or return it to its rightful owner. We chose to return them to their rightful owner. The reasons behind us doing this is because if we kept the objects to ourselves, we would not want the same thing to happen to us later on in the future. Also, it is considered theft and it is against religion, moral codes, and what our parents taught us. If we kept the objects to ourselves, we would not want the same thing to happen to us later on in the future. What comes around goes around usually means good or bad fortune. If you do goodness, others will do the same and the other way around. “There’s…show more content…
If one does not at least try to look for the owner, it is considered theft in some states. “California Penal Code 485 states that one must make “reasonable and just efforts to find the owner to restore the property to him.” If not, the finder of the lost money is guilty of theft. The New York Code-Section 252 states that any found property valued at $20 or more must be returned to its rightful owner within 10 days or turned in to the police.” (You’ve Found Money… Now What? para.3) Failure to do so is results in consequences. These consequences depend on the age of the person doing the theft. “Adults who are convicted of theft can be given jail time, a fine, community service, or probation, depending on the severity of the crime and the defendant’s criminal history. Children under the age of 18 are considered juveniles. Therefore, their cases more than likely will go through the juvenile justice system, and they will face a different set of penalties. These can include a fine; making restitution—paying damages to the victims; judge-ordered counseling; probation; or detention in a youth-service program, weekend detention program, or full-time detention center.” (You’ve Found Money… Now What? para.7) The best way to stay away from these consequences is to not commit theft and return the object found to its rightful…show more content…
We were never taught to do the wrong thing, we were actually encouragingly taught to do what is best. “Many religions and moral codes the world over provide wisdom and advice on being trustworthy and doing the right thing. Many parents not only teach their children that stealing is a crime, but also try to convince them, above all else, that taking what does not belong to them is morally wrong.” (Finders Keepers para.3) Even if one uses the money or the thing found in a good way, it would still be considered wrong. For example, Robin Hood took money from the rich and gave it to charity. “But what if someone took money that did not belong to them and donated all of it to a church or a worthy charity—kind of like Robin Hood who took from the rich to give to the poor? Would that somehow make the decision not to return the money more morally balanced? It might, but the fact would still remain that the person took something that didn’t rightfully belong to them and gave it away.” (Finders Keepers para.3) Anything related to taking something without permission is considered against what was told to us by our religion, moral codes, and parents which are incorrect and something we should stay away
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