"Finders keepers, losers weepers" is a code as old as time itself.
It seems nothing is off-limits when it comes to the proverb of dubious ethical merit. From stray $20 bills, to random pieces of jewelry and boyfriend hoodies, it's long believed that a finder is an entitled keeper while the loser assumes the role of weeper.
Though let's be honest. Some things are off-limits. Cars left overnight in the Albertsons Stadium parking lot, seasonally unoccupied beach homes in Cascade, and wallets with ID that make it easy to return to the loser are all things a finder can't, or at least they shouldn't, keep.
Baby Moses on the Boise River?
But what if you find something other than an inanimate object or a replaceable possession? What if, like the ancient Pharaoh of Egypt's sister, you found a modern-day baby Moses floating in a basket on the Boise River? Could you do like she did and keep him?
In Idaho, the short answer is "no." Regardless as to how loved, safe, and healthy baby Moses would be under your care, "finders keepers, losers weepers" doesn't apply to Idaho babies. In Idaho and across the nation, finding an abandoned bitty is actually a serious event.
Idaho Safe Haven Law
Under what's known as Baby Moses Law or Idaho's Safe Haven Law, citizens are required to report, deliver, and legally surrender an abandoned baby to the proper authorities. Though the authority can vary by state, in Idaho, the parents of an unwanted baby or someone who finds one can legally (and anonymously) leave a baby up to one-month-old in a Safe Haven Baby Box at most fire stations or hospitals. Learn more here.
Idaho Kids Do This Every Day Even Though It Could be Against the Law
Whoops! 😳 It's Illegal to Throw Out these 23 Things in Idaho
- ⚠️ When ridding your residence of industrial products, solvents, paints, disinfectants, and fertilizers, there's more to know than most realize!
- ☠️ Hazardous products are signaled by the following words/phrases: caution - danger - poison - warning - corrosive - flammable - explosive - oxidizer - irritant - environmental hazard.
- 🌳 The City of Boise Public Works commission oversees the disposal of chemicals that threaten human health and the environment.
- 🤳🏽 Help keep your community safe! Scroll on for a list of 13 products Idahoans are banned from tossing into residential dumpsters.