yamaka wrote:Hi all, recently I have found some cashes on the floor but do not know its owner. If base on the precepts and Vinaya, how do we handle these issues appropriately?
well according to the vinaya unless it was on your property you shouldn't of touched it, and then it would only be for safe keeping.
However as you are not a mendicant that is not an issue, although it can inform how you deal with it in other situations.
the best coarse of action would be to hand it into the lost property desk, or customer service desk, and if on the street the local police station or as a last resort when no owner can be found, or is unlikely to be found, charity (in this case I would recommend a neutral charity, one you neither are for nor against, so there is little benefit for yourself or associated people/groups or a local charity).
i met someone who was escorting a monk and on the journey they found and picked up £20 note lost on the shop floor, he said the monk didn't appear to pleased by that, and probably would of sooner he left the money where it was, so he put it in the charity box at the till. the monk probably didn't like it as it would be something akin to guilty by association, not a violation of their precepts but as the escort was only their because of them, a certain responsibility was possibly felt.
EDIT - after reading your other reply to Ben I would include the question - if you can not show trust how can you expect anyone to do the right thing?
There are options open as already mentioned about leaving a notice, and there is the option of other avenues of places to put it so the rightful owner has a chance to retrieve it.
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