“But every thief could exempt himself in this manner,” objected Yisrael. “He’ll say he did it with good intentions.”
“You are only exempt in such a case if you announced your intention ahead of time to two witnesses before taking the item,” concluded Rabbi Dayan. “Otherwise, you are presumed to have stolen for your benefit and not believed.” (Yad Hamelech, Geneivah 1:2)
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