22. October 2021

Two minutes with Danny Katz: Is a free newspaper worth the guilty cost?


My husband and I lately purchased our first house. The newspaper is delivered each Saturday and Sunday – though we’re not paying for it. Should we examine the supply of this surprising bounty?

E.B., Carnegie, Vic

Illustration by Simon Letch.

Illustration by Simon Letch.Credit:

Buying a home in Carnegie wouldn’t be low-cost. You’ve received hefty real-estate costs, ongoing council charges, hundreds of greenbacks spent on take-out from all the nice Asian eateries on Koornang Road – half of these dumpling bills, the different half soy-sauce shirt-stain laundering. Actually, shopping for a home anyplace is pricey, so I can perceive why house patrons may assume they’re entitled to maintain any surprising extras that come with the place – an previous borer-infested cabinet left in a bed room, a tiny, sickly dope plant behind the again shed, or an vintage bottle buried in the yard that could possibly be a Nineteenth-century apothecary bottle or a VB stubby from Australia Day 2017.


But not each surprising additional is keepable: if one thing may be very invaluable or can simply be traced to an ex-householder, it is advisable make an effort to return it – or no less than hand it in to the related authorities. This contains mail, inscribed jewelry, envelopes of money, or a entire crop of dope vegetation behind the again shed, alongside with a makeshift THC extraction lab. A weekend newspaper is well traceable to a earlier householder so it is best to most likely monitor down the subscribers and inform them – and I’m actually solely saying this as a result of proper now, you could possibly be studying a newspaper you’re not paying for, hoping to search out out if it’s okay to maintain the newspaper you’re not paying for, by asking a author who’s getting paid by that newspaper you’re not paying for. So after all I’ve to say no, you’ll be able to’t preserve it. Unless it’s one other newspaper. Then I say, go for it.

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