Brewery offers lifetime supply of beer in return for stolen laptop

A brewery in New Zealand is offering a lifetime supply of beer, in return for a laptop that was stolen from the Croucher Brewing Company in Rotorua New Zealand. Typically if something is stolen, the theft will usually use it or sell it. Everyone has been approached with an offer to buy a new laptop for cheap, and you know in the back of your head that its stolen. But in this case would you be seen as the bad guy for buying the stolen laptop, or the good guy for returning it for the free lifetime supply of beer?

A brewery in New Zealand is offering a lifetime supply of beer, in return for a laptop that was stolen from the Croucher Brewing Company in Rotorua New Zealand. Typically if something is stolen, the theft will usually use it or sell it. Everyone has been approached with an offer to buy a new laptop for cheap, and you know in the back of your head that its stolen. But in this case would you be seen as the bad guy for buying the stolen laptop, or the good guy for returning it for the free lifetime supply of beer?

Laptop theft is unfortunately common these days. It generally only makes the news when the laptop in question belongs to a company or government agency and contains enough personal data to make identity theft a very real possibility for hundreds—or even thousands—of people. In the case of a laptop stolen from the Croucher Brewing Company in Rotorua, New Zealand, the laptop contained financial records, contract details, and other proprietary information (maybe the recipe for its Belgian Blonde ale?).

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