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Returning items- with a request for mechila


Is it proper to return something– and then ask for mechilla in case something was damaged or is missing? Or is this a halachic problem? ( I am wondering because I thought I remember a halacha that in some cases it is not permitted to ask a question that the other person will feel obligated to say yes to)

Someone lent me a box of children’s clothing with many articles of clothing inside. I tried to gather all of the items together, but I am not certain if some of the items are missing (and have reason to think that some items might be missing). Can I return it to her saying that “I tried to return all of the items, but I am not sure if some are missing. So if anything is missing or damaged, are you mochel?”




You should return it and ask mechila, exactly as you wrote in your question.

Best wishes


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