Keeping lost items is still considered theft

February 18, 2019 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It has come to the point where Alabama police must now warn drivers not to eat spilled chicken tenders found on Highway 35.

Chicken tenders poured out onto an Alabama highway last month after the truck carrying them crashed. After numerous drivers stopped to pick them up and apparently eat them, Alabama police were forced to warn drivers that taking the chicken tenders was considered a crime. 

Also, since they were on the road for 24 hours at that point, the chicken would be unsafe to eat. 

Hard to believe that people need to be warned that eating old chicken from the road would be a health hazard. It's not as hard to believe, however, that people didn't realize it was a crime. 

After all, they were scattered across the road through no fault of the people taking them. Taking and eating road nuggets may be a new low, but it happens not so infrequently that armored cars lose a sack of money, causing people to flock to the scene, like an incident in New Jersey in December from which almost $300,000 is still missing.  

Here's the thing: Picking up and keeping something that is not yours is theft, and you must return it or you can be arrested for it. And if you eat it, the law of natural selection is there to punish you.