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NSW Can School Charge You for Lost Property?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by frog lord, 21 August 2017.

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  1. frog lord

    frog lord Member

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    Hello.

    Can a school go around picking up your lost property then charge money for you to get it back and then make you stay at school for an hour after school picking up rubbish if you don't pay the money?
     
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    sammy01 Well-Known Member

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    Is it a private school? What is the 'lost property'?

    Look this seems weird, is there more to the story?
     
  3. frog lord

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    The school is a private school. The lost property includes anything: books, nagas, pencil cases
     
  4. sammy01

    sammy01 Well-Known Member

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    OK so what did you lose?

    My thoughts? There is more going on here, there are two sides to every story. But lets pretend... You lose your bag, it gets picked up.... They tell you that either you give them $20 or pick up rubbish for the afternoon. You refuse... All good so far, but you want your bag back.

    I'd write a very nice letter to the principle.

    Dear principle,

    Can you please return my bag? I would also like to see the school policy that states that the school is entitled to take student's possessions and refuse to return them until a fee has been paid or unpaid child labor is undertaken. In the event that no such policy exists, can you please ensure this practice stops?

    Dear principle.

    This is a private school (Christian?). Does this school really want to be teaching its students that extortion is acceptable? Or should the school be teaching charity?

    Kind regards,


    Go on dare ya. But ask mum or dad's permission first because you're starting a fight that you'll lose... But hey, there is a perfectly good public school down the road right?

    BTW is this just a hypothetical? Did you actually lose anything? Or is this just a complaint due to the principal of the idea that they can charge? Has it actually happened? If it has, upon paying the fine, did they provide a receipt? If not, makes for an interesting tax conversation. Where does the $$$ go if no receipt is provided?
     
  5. Iamthelaw

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    Ideally more information would be required but from what you've briefly described - They don't have the right to demand money for you to recover your own property. Property that is 'lost' still technically 'belongs' to you; there's probably even some merit in saying that what they're doing is unlawful.
     
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