1. Post #1

    August 2008
    55 Posts
    If you were to take something from someone which they themselves had already stolen, would that still be considered stealing?

    My basic premise is:

    *Stealing is taking something, from someone, without their consent.

    *
    Something stolen is not someone's property in the first place.

    In case your wondering, its not that I am considering to conduct a massive thieving operation of an unsuspecting gypsy settlement. With the only thing that will potentially deter me-being this profound moral crossroad I have arrived at, no. Rather this post is the yield of a long and dull journey home as the result of taking the wrong turning at a T-junction.
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  2. Post #2
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    Griffster26's Avatar
    November 2011
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    No.

    Edited:

    If you give it back it isnt.
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  3. Post #3
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    gbtygfvyg's Avatar
    November 2006
    11,265 Posts
    If the property belongs to you and you "steal" it back, it is not stealing but merely getting your property back because you hold the rights to it.

    On the other hand if you steal something that doesn't belong to you but doesn't belong to the person that you stole it from either, it is stealing. You are technically stealing from the original owner assuming you do not give it back.
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  4. Post #4
    bake someone a cake with laxatives and viagra and then they will have poopboners
    n0cturni's Avatar
    August 2007
    4,329 Posts
    On the other hand if you steal something that doesn't belong to you but doesn't belong to the person that you stole it from either, it is stealing. You are technically stealing from the original owner assuming you do not give it back.
    Well you'd also be stealing it from the person you stole it from.
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  5. Post #5

    August 2008
    55 Posts
    On the other hand if you steal something that doesn't belong to you but doesn't belong to the person that you stole it from either, it is stealing. You are technically stealing from the original owner assuming you do not give it back.
    That's definitely a logically sound point. :)
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  6. Post #6
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    Dennab
    February 2012
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    If you know that it is stolen, then yes. You are still stealing it from the original owner.
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  7. Post #7
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    gamefreek76's Avatar
    October 2005
    7,239 Posts
    If you know that it is stolen, then yes. You are still stealing it from the original owner.
    Even if you didn't know it was stolen it's still stealing because you're stealing from the thief while assuming they own it.
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  8. Post #8
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    Dennab
    June 2009
    17,111 Posts
    No hence why most countries have laws forbid Posession of stolen goods in addition to just having stealing forbidden.
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  9. Post #9
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    Dennab
    February 2012
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    Even if you didn't know it was stolen it's still stealing because you're stealing from the thief while assuming they own it.
    Agreed, my post wasn't well written.

    If you steal something from someone, it's stealing, regardless of whether or not it was already stolen.
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