Cops try to renege on deal to let woman keep $12k in "found" money she turned in

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Fucking scumbags...

Struggling waitress to keep $12,000 tip seized by police: attorney

Thu Apr 5, 2012 5:01pm EDT

(Reuters) - Police in Moorhead, Minnesota, will return a $12,000 tip they seized from a struggling local waitress, her attorney said on Thursday.

Stacy Knutson, a server at the Fryn' Pan Restaurant in Moorhead, got the tip back in November from a customer who left a takeout box inside the restaurant.

Knutson followed the customer out to parking lot and tried to give her the box but the woman told her to keep it. When Knutson opened it, she found $12,000 in cash.

Knutson, a mother of five, called local police and turned in the cash as lost property.

At first, police said the cash would be hers if it remained unclaimed for 60 days, according to the lawsuit Knutson filed against the department.

At the end of the 60 days, however, the department told Knutson she would have to wait another 30 days to get the money.

Then police told her she would not receive the money at all because it smelled of marijuana and had been seized under a state law.

Police offered Knutson a $1,000 as a reward for turning the cash in. She refused the reward and filed suit.

In affidavits filed as part of the lawsuit, Knutson and two other restaurant employees said they detected no odor at all.

On Thursday, Craig Richie, Knutson's attorney, said the department had changed its mind and will return the $12,000 to her.

Richie said it was known around Moorhead that Knutson and her husband were having financial problems raising their five children. He said he believed the money was intended as a gift to the family.

"Stacy is a very religious woman and this is the will of God," he said on Thursday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012...5Y20120405?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
Be interesting to see what the IRS has to say about this. She'll have to pay income and Social Security taxes on it if it gets counted as income. After the attorney's fees she may have been better off just taking the $1000 reward money...
 

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Yeah I read about this story last night. The moral of it is, if you find a huge sum of cash, don't do the right thing and keep it to yourself.
 

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Here is a dirty little secret I will let you kids in on. About 80-90% of US Currency has traces of drugs on it. If a bill has been in circulation for more then a year, 9 out of 10 times a drug sniffing dog will get a hit on the money. If you have a large amount of cash in your car, it will be seized unless you are obviously well off.

Horror story - I have no idea if this is true, but here it goes. A guy went to buy a race car that he found on line. He was traveling through Arkansas on I-40 and was stopped for speeding. He was carrying $30,000 in cash to pay for the car, that was located in Tennessee. The money he was carrying was all saved from his pawn shop business. He had been saving it up for a couple of years. Okay, so the officer asks if he can search the car, the guy agrees because he isn't carrying anything illegal and doesn't want any problems with the cop. The cop finds a leather pouch with all of the money in it. A drug dog hits on the cash, and it's seized. The guy spends the next year trying to get back his money, but the judge rules that the money was "drug money" and the department kept it.

Nothing, NOTHING is more sought after by little shitville departments then large sums of cash to seize. Sometimes it's the only way they will ever get better equipment. A little shithole town in Missouri hit the jackpot with a $2.2 million dollar seizure, were drugs were also found. Within a month they were rolling in Tahoes and Chargers that were as well equipped as my car.
 

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That's what she gets for trying to do the right thing. The problem is, at least here, the cops can use seized drug money to fund their departments (not sure if that's a national policy). You see in the news the cops will bust grow houses with hundreds of plants and seize like $150,000 (it's always perfectly rounded, which is suspicious in itself). The grower will usually get something weak like probation, and the cops keep the money. Even when it's a "legal" grow under 215, the cops will leave the plants and take the money, and the growers have to fight to get it back, which rarely happens.

I had a friend who had $18,000 in cash on him he was going to buy a car with. The cops stopped him for a traffic violation, and when asked if he had anything in the car they should know about, he told them about the money and why he had it. They seized it as suspected drug money, and it took him two months to get it back. He even had the bank receipt showing the withdrawal earlier that day as well as the Carfax printout on the vehicle... they didn't care.
 

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Didn't see Motor Head's response before submitting mine... it sounds like this shit happens a lot all over the place. Around here drug money is probably a substantial portion of funding for law enforcement, since our largest industry is marijuana.
 

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The story is from my hometown (Fargo) Once it hit the news, the Moorhead PD was bombarded by calls and now the woman is the proud owner of $12,000.
 

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Also, the Fry'n pan is awesome. Nothing better than a Farmers Skillet for breakfast.
 

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Man... if I ever come across a large sum of money, only me and god will know about it.
 

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I think Motor Head summed it up nicely.
It's one of the most fucked up policies EVER. I'm a firm believer that you can only seize cash if it's in a large amount and the person can't prove where they got it from. The Lincoln HQ barracks caught two seedy dudes in a rental car with $400K+ years ago. They not only couldn't explain where the money came from, they denied even knowing the money was in the car. That is a good seizure. Some guy on his way to Las Vegas getting $5000 seized because a drug dog hit on the cash is complete bullshit.
 
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Tell us all again how cops are heroes. Even the cop is telling us how cops will openly steal your property, yet I'm still shit on for calling worthless pieces of shit what they are.
 

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Tell us all again how cops are heroes. Even the cop is telling us how cops will openly steal your property, yet I'm still shit on for calling worthless pieces of shit what they are.
 
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It's one of the most fucked up policies EVER. I'm a firm believer that you can only seize cash if it's in a large amount and the person can't prove where they got it from. The Lincoln HQ barracks caught two seedy dudes in a rental car with $400K+ years ago. They not only couldn't explain where the money came from, they denied even knowing the money was in the car. That is a good seizure.
Why? Why is that a "good seizure"?

Oh, you have a lot of property. Why shouldn't I steal it from you? If your answer isn't good enough your property becomes mine.

Why the fuck does that make any fucking sense to you what-so-ever?
 

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No kitty, ignore the obvious troll...NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I'm in no way trolling.

Seriously, how do you possibly justify that a citizen having more property than it appears that he should is justification for you stealing said property?
 

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Tell us all again how cops are heroes. Even the cop is telling us how cops will openly steal your property, yet I'm still shit on for calling worthless pieces of shit what they are.
Some cops are shit as are some firemen, some stockbrokers, some car salesmen and some insurance agents. I'll call you out when you applaud a cop's death because that is a shit thing to do fuckwad.
 

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I'm in no way trolling.

Seriously, how do you possibly justify that a citizen having more property than it appears that he should is justification for you stealing said property?
Motorhead said in his example that he thought it was bullshit. In his other example where the guys DENIED that the $400k in cash was theirs, how is that stealing from them?
 

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Nope, not going to go around in circles with you today.

I have to work tonight, there will be plenty of assholes to deal with while I'm getting paid for it.:action-sm
 

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Nope, not going to go around in circles with you today.

I have to work tonight, there will be plenty of assholes to deal with while I'm getting paid for it.:action-sm
a million clappy hands for you mister, be safe tonight.