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Old 09-10-2019, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CarnalK View Post
This is a pretty garbled understanding of the situation. The couple isn't being punished because of the bank error. They are in trouble because they went nuts and spent it all. We don't know what would have happened if they had temporarily put it into an easily liquidated investment and paid it back when asked.
Agreed. Arguably, if they had put the money into some interest bearing investment, then they could have returned the principal when the bank realized their error but made a legitimate claim to keeping the interest, since itís not their fault the bank put the money in their account.

The problem lies with not returning something which you know is not yours when the rightful owner demands its return.