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An employee of a garden supply store recently moved from an apartment to a house with a large yard, and he needed a mower. He could not afford the one he wanted, even with his employee discount, so one day at work he took the mower from the mower department and hid it behind some crates on the loading dock. He planned to take the mower home with him that night. At the end of the day, however, the employee became afraid that he would be caught, so he returned the mower to the mower department and went home as usual.
The employee has most likely committed:CorrectIncorrect
A restaurant patron looked up from her dinner and saw that another woman had taken her coat and was walking out the door with it. The patron quickly left and followed the woman, and saw the woman enter a nearby house. Later, when the patron knew that nobody was in the house, she opened a window to the house, climbed in, and got what she thought was her coat out of the front closet. When she put the coat on, however, she noticed for the first time that the coat was not her coat. But, because it was so cold outside, she decided to wear this coat home and to return it the next day. The following day she changed her mind and decided to keep the coat.
The patron is guilty of:CorrectIncorrect
In lieu of a snack vending machine, a small company put candy bars into a box in the office kitchen. Using the honor system, employees were asked to put a dollar into an envelope in the box if they took out a candy bar. The office manager would periodically take the money collected in the envelope and use it to purchase new candy. One night while cleaning the kitchen, the company’s night janitor impulsively took all the money from the envelope. His actions were recorded on the company’s newly installed security camera. The janitor later admitted that he took the money to fund illegal dogfights.
Which of the following crimes did the janitor commit?CorrectIncorrect
The defendant wanted to borrow his neighbor’s car to go shopping for lawnmowers. Knowing that the neighbor was out of town for the weekend, the defendant opened the neighbor’s garage door and took a car key that the neighbor hid in an old coffee can for emergencies. Once inside, the defendant, mistakenly believing that larceny applied only to the taking of items valued at over $100, decided to take the neighbor’s lawnmower (worth $75) in order to trade it in on a new mower. However, on the way to the store with the mower, he was involved in an automobile accident, totaling the car.
In a common law jurisdiction, the defendant is guilty of larceny of:CorrectIncorrect
A husband, a native of Texas, decided to take his wife to New York on the occasion of their twentieth wedding anniversary. The husband became disappointed when his order for two baseball tickets to see the New York team play the Texas team could not be filled because the game was already sold out. The husband, a professional typesetter, decided to print himself two tickets to the game.
Just before they left for New York, the husband read an article in the local paper describing a Civil War army poster that had recently been purchased for $5,000. The husband printed a similar poster in his shop and took it to New York with him. He sold the poster for $4,000 in New York, bragging to the collector who purchased it, “This is the finest nineteenth-century poster to be found.”
The husband and wife successfully entered the baseball stadium using the tickets he printed and sat down in two empty box seats behind the visitor’s dugout to watch the game. A man sat down next to the husband. Star baseball player hit a home run for the New York team in the third inning and the man, like most others in the stadium, had fallen off the edge of his seat in his excitement. The husband slipped some papers out of the man’s sport coat without the man noticing. The papers contained the deed to the man’s Casino in New Jersey.
After the game, the husband and his wife took a taxi from the baseball stadium to the theater district, a distance of about fifteen miles. When the driver requested payment of the seventeen-dollar fare, the husband screamed, “You are trying to cheat me because you can tell I am a tourist.” The driver did not speak English very well and did not respond. The husband and his wife ran out of the cab without paying and got lost in the crowd.
Assume for this question only, the state of New York follows the common law.CorrectIncorrect
Beach Towers is a complex of 350 residential units in Florida. The complex, built before World War II as a rental property, was vacated in 1995 and renovated. The apartments were sold as condominiums to be occupied on December 1, 1999. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1999, a plumber employed by the city broke into the complex, and took three marble bathtubs.
Under the common law, the most serious offense for which the plumber should be convicted is:CorrectIncorrect
An equestrian left his horse with a stable while he went on vacation. When he returned, he went to the stable to pick up his horse and was informed by the stable that the bill was $500. The equestrian told the stable that he would have to go home and get more money. The equestrian believed that he was being overcharged by the stable; instead of paying the stable, he arranged to have a neighbor pick up the horse from the stable. The neighbor thought that the stable bill had been paid and the equestrian had a right to the horse; thus, the neighbor took the horse without the stable’s knowledge. Halfway to the equestrian’s house, the neighbor decided to keep the horse and rode away on it to his own home.
Is the neighbor guilty of larceny in taking the horse from the stable?CorrectIncorrect
Beach Towers is a complex of 350 residential units in Florida. The complex, built before World War II as a rental property, was vacated in 1995 and renovated. The apartments were sold as condominiums to be occupied on December 1, 1999. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1999, a plumber employed by the city broke into the complex, and took three marble bathtubs. Under the common law, the most serious offense for which the plumber should be convicted is:CorrectIncorrect
A passenger walked out of an airline terminal with a suitcase that belonged to someone else. When charged with larceny, the passenger claimed he had made an honest mistake — he thought the suitcase was his own. The passenger should be found:CorrectIncorrect
A thief, on his day off, went to a high-end jewelry store, and started talking to the store clerk. The thief lied to the clerk, stating that he was the son of the mayor. He asked the clerk if he could try on a watch, and walk around the store in it, to see how it felt. He then asked if he could see what it looked like in the natural light, outside. The clerk naively agreed, stating, “I know I can trust you!” The thief walked out of the store with the watch, never to return.
What is the most serious crime of which the thief may be convicted?CorrectIncorrect
An engineer and a teacher were neighbors and on good terms. One day the teacher decided he needed to borrow some of the engineer’s tools. The engineer had previously given the teacher permission to use his tools, so the teacher did not think that the engineer would mind. The teacher walked in, unannounced, to the teacher’s apartment, and found no one home. He went downstairs looking for the tools, but along the way he saw tickets to an upcoming concert, and decided to take those instead.
What is the most serious crime that the teacher can be charged with?CorrectIncorrect