Let's say you go to the supermarket down the street. Let's say you're standing in line waiting to purchase your goods and you notice the lady in front of you is buying some avocados. Being environmentally-minded, she has them freely sitting there, not inside a bag. Let's say the checker forgets to bag one of them and the lady leaves, having purchased her avocados, having all in her possession but the one left behind. Let's say it's your turn to buy your stuff and the checker bags the lady's avocado in YOUR bag which you don't discover until you're home putting your goods away.
Is this a tainted avocado? Have I unknowingly stolen it? It's been paid for. Do i take it back to the store, it not being mine? Also, keep in mind the several times i've a) purchased a food item at this store that has gone bad (and it shouldn't, and i shouldn't have to check or shake things to know if they're bad, i.e. cream) and b) bought things and left them there, mostly due (in my opinions) to the lack of attention of the checker. So what say you?
Here is how i feel about it and what i did. I let it sit on the counter for a day or so, and looked at it periodically. Sometimes i would squeeze it. What a good avocado. That lady chose well. Finally I decided that the lady would have wanted me to have it instead of having bought it and then the store keeps it. It would have been a crime to let it go bad. A crime against fruits, which I am particularly against. It was a delicious avocado. Thanks lady, and I'm sorry.