I’m of the opinion that the prize is yours. After you’ve opened the wrapper and taken a bite, I don’t think that anyone would expect the employer to say “Now hand the rest of that back”; I feel that the wrapper is part of the candy bar, and it was a gift.
In a somewhat similar vein, though, consider this: A manufacturer of chiller equipment invited local engineers to come to a luncheon and seminar to hear about proper application of their equipment. To make sure that that they wouldn’t get stuck paying for lunches for no-shows, they asked that everyone registering send in a $10 fee, which would be refunded when you walked in the door.
My employer sent a check for everyone attending from our firm. We all attended, so they just handed him his check back. Also when we walked in the door, we were each given a raffle ticket. We were told that at the end of the seminar, they would hold a raffle, and the winner would receive the uncollected money from the no-shows. (I thought this was pretty cool, actually.)
My boss had to leave the seminar early, so one of us asked him if he wanted us to hold his raffle ticket for him. He handed it over, and said “If ANY of you win, tell them to keep the money and donate it to the (Technical Society) Research Fund.”
Was he within his rights to tell us what to do with the winnings if we won? Our boss did not pay for us to attend the event, since the money was refunded. (We were, however, paid for the time we spent attending the event.) IMO, though, the raffle prize was a gift from the chiller manufacturer to the winner.
Your opinion? (Besides the fact my boss is a jerk —that was pretty well decided.) Who owned the prize?