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Drinking Before Paying

When I go shopping I like to drink a soda from the store. Of course I’m going to pay for it. Should i pay for it before I drink, or does it matter as long as it will be paid for?


The answer to this depends on the policy of the particular store.

Many stores tacitly allow people to eat or drink before paying; provided the store permits it, it is halachically okay (of course, this cannot be applied to items that are paid for by weight).

However, in general, it is not recommended practice, and it can be a negative influence on children, who will see that it’s okay to eat something before paying for it.

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