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It is worth noting that theft is the taking of something which does not belong to you, against the reasonable will of the owner.

So, if one is truly starving, and someone who has extra food refuses to give at least some, it would not be theft to take what one needs, provided it does not significantly harm the owner. It is not reasonable to refuse alms to someone is severe need. So taking is not against the reasonable will of the owner.

Similarly, the card would not seems to be particularly valuable, nor would it have increased or decreased the value of the book. It was owned by the bookseller, but it also is not likely to be against the reasonable will of the owner, so probably is not theft, strictly speaking.

A good way to solve this problem and determine this would be to go to the shop with the card, find a book you do want to purchase, take it to the counter and say you will probably buy this book, but in another you found this card, and since it was just a marker, but you liked it was wondering if the owner wouldn't mind if you had it. That will solve your problem and not "out" your taking. If he says no, then it give you a chance to return it without revealing your taking as well.

Of course that is a mental reservation. You did find it in another book, but the natural understanding will be that it has always been in the shop. You don't have to correct that notion.

If we do cause an injustice, we have a duty to repair, but never have to reveal our sin in order to repair. Restitution can be given anonymously and secretly.

That all said, I don't think that's necessary, since it is probably not against the reasonable will of the owner, certainly its taking something, but if you want to clear your conscience of this, that's one way.
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Was this bad? - by poeticcatholic - 02-08-2020, 10:11 PM
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RE: Was this bad? - by Blind Horus - 02-09-2020, 04:02 PM
RE: Was this bad? - by poeticcatholic - 02-09-2020, 10:19 PM
RE: Was this bad? - by MagisterMusicae - 02-09-2020, 10:04 PM
RE: Was this bad? - by jack89 - 02-10-2020, 09:37 AM
RE: Was this bad? - by MagisterMusicae - 02-10-2020, 08:48 PM
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