The resulting conversation was quite humorous:
This is mostly just to make everyone aware, because I certainly was not. Apparently there are apples, possibly even trees? I'm not really sure, that belong to other people. This is something everyone may want to check in to before doing any gathering.
I know I, for one, will be making certain that I don't "steal" anyone's apples in the future! To avoid this what I would like to do is start a "dailies" thread, we can possibly start a mining, herbing, fishing thread as well. I'd like anyone who's done dailies that involve any kind of gathering to post exactly which items belong to them so that we all just avoid them in the future.
I will start; on the cooking daily for Sugar Cookies, all of the sugar bags on the ground, and on the vendors are mine. So please, stay away from those. Others feel free to post what is "theirs" and we can all avoid this in the future!
Disclaimer: this post was intended for humor only, I in no way care what anyone thinks is "fair" concerning the topic of "gathering etiquette"