Suppose that you receive a parcel that you never expected. For example
a crotch rocket motorcycle engine. There is no return address. All
reasonable efforts to find the owner fail. No one contacts me in, say,
Does this item become my property?
Would it be legal to throw it away in garbage?
Would it be legal to sell it on ebay?
Is there a registry of stolen motorcycle engines?
What if I sell it and a month later, an owner materializes. Do I owe
anything to the owner.
I am very leery of the idea of selling this motor on ebay. It looks
like plenty of stolen motorcycle stuff is sold there and I, with the
lame story of fedex leaving it in my driveway, would look like a
thief. If I do not mention that story at all, then people would ask
all kinds of pointed questions like "how did you end up with this
engine if you do not know anything about it".
- posted 16 years ago