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Rav Chaim Kanievsky: A Free Ride Can Cost Money

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Rav Chaim Kanievsky: A Free Ride Can Cost Money
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If someone is standing by a bus stop and a car pulls up and offers him a lift, at the end of the trip the driver can demand that he pay for the ride. This is learned from the Rema (CM 246:17) which says that if someone offers you to eat with him he can charge you money at the end of the meal and it is not assumed that he was giving you a present.

Explains Rav Chaim that although in the case of the meal the host has "lost" money by feeding you, in the case of the ride he may have lost another paying passenger. Even if he never charges any other passengers, it is his prerogative to give them a free ride and not give you a freebie. (Derech Sicha - Parshas Kedoshim)

Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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