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    Finder keeper

    What does finder keeper mean?

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    Re: Finder keeper

    Hi. As a Brit and mentor:

    There is a rhyme that goes:

    "Finders keepers, loosers weepers".

    In the UK, when I was last there anyway, if you found something and handed it in at a police station, the person who lost it had, I believe, 3-months to claim it. If they didn't, you could go back to the police station and they would hand it over to you as your official property (other than items such as keys and any other item that, whilst not having any traceable name etc on it, would be inappropriate for them to hand over.

    There may be some people who bypass a certain part of this process and, on finding something of value, may just say: "Ah, well. Finders keepers, loosers weepers"!

    Hope this helps in your understanding.


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    Re: Finder keeper

    So it's just mean " the winners take it all", Nelly?

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    Re: Finder keeper

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So it's just mean " the winners take it all", Nelly?
    Not quite. 'Winner takes all' [that's the usual wording - the 'it' was introduced by the Abba song] implies that there is some kind of competition. 'Finders keepers' just means whoever finds something is entitled to keep it - as Neillythere says, the law stipulates a cut-off point (I think it can vary according to the case - 3 months, 6 months... 'a year and a day' was a popular arbitrary period in Common Law), but - say - schoolchildren may have different views (anything lost becomes 'fair game' as soon as the owner misses it).


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