Most of you know that we live in an inner city neighborhood. As such, our curb is frequently a repository for various items that people decide they no longer want or need. Typically whatever is left on the curb is taken in a matter of a few days. We’ve been known to donate unwanted items to the “curb fund” from time to time ourselves.
My question is this.
Next door to our house is a church and its adjacent parsonage/office. For about a month there have been four tires sitting on the curb in front of the parsonage/office. The city will not take them away with the weekly garbage pickup and no one from the church has taken it upon themselves to dispose of them properly either. I’m not sure where the tires came from, they just appeared one day out of the blue and have just been sitting there ever since. (If I had to guess, I’d say someone probably stole a set of rims and had no use for the tires.)
I’ve looked at the tires and they seem to be in decent shape. There’s alot of tread left on them and I don’t see any real signs of excessive wear and tear. I’ve been tempted to go bring the tires into my garage, snap some photos of them and sell them on Craigslist.
I figure they’re just going to sit there until somebody takes them anyway. Several Sundays have passed – the only day anyone from the church is even in our neighborhood to talk to them about it – and no one has bothered to move them. It would seem that the church isn’t going to take responsibility for them.
Would I be stealing if I took them and sold them?