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(Duluth News Tribune)   Struggling waitress with five kids gets $12,000 tip, cops seize it because it smells like pot, waitress sues. Bonus: Waitress's co-workers who are "familiar with" marijuana testify that they didn't smell any   (duluthnewstribune.com) divider line 164
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Skr
2012-04-04 12:44:56 PM
FTA: "I feel I did the right thing"

BZZZZZZT WRONG


care to try again?
 
2012-04-04 12:45:09 PM
This bears repeating...

Do not involve the police. Ever. Unless your life is in danger.
 
2012-04-04 12:47:50 PM

Old enough to know better: Well I hope SOMEBODY learned a valuable lesson from this.


You know who else learned a valuable lesson from this?
 
2012-04-04 12:48:48 PM
Asset forfeiture is big business for law enforcement. The idea is that you may have rights but your property doesn't. So if you are driving south bound in many states local police will stop you - south bond traffic has money which can be kept while north bound had drugs which have to be destroyed- pressure you into a search and claim the vehicle and any money is drug related. There nice they will agree not to arrest you if you agree to give up your claim to the assets.

old NPR StoryLink (new window)
 
2012-04-04 12:48:59 PM
Sit it aside, don't talk about it, don't bring it up, and don't spend it for six months. When you do spend it, buy things like groceries and gasoline.

The police are not your friends under any circumstance. If you have to call them for some reason then be polite and professional but do not offer any information they do not specifically ask for, and if they do ask for it, be completely honest.

And get everything on video if you can.
 
2012-04-04 12:49:11 PM

Gig103: The My Little Pony Killer: No, it smells like a stupid waitress who should have kept her "tip" to herself since that's apparently all it is. Does she call the police every time somebody tips more than 20% on their bill?

Agreed. What was the other outcome, the Secret Service announcing it was counterfeit and confiscating it? Nothing good comes of reporting money.


Some times when people tip big they get tippers remorse and come back with the cops to get their money back from the thieving waitress. You are trained to report those kinds of tips.
 
2012-04-04 12:49:53 PM
there is not they're
 
2012-04-04 12:50:05 PM
I doubt the waitress was all that attached to those bills. If the po-po needs those bills for some reason for their investigation, they can trade her for some of their bills of equal or greater value.

There, that's all sorted now.
 
2012-04-04 12:50:08 PM

Gig103: The My Little Pony Killer: No, it smells like a stupid waitress who should have kept her "tip" to herself since that's apparently all it is. Does she call the police every time somebody tips more than 20% on their bill?

Agreed. What was the other outcome, the Secret Service announcing it was counterfeit and confiscating it? Nothing good comes of reporting money.


She regrets getting the cops involved. Big shock.
 
2012-04-04 12:50:16 PM
I suspect the police have already spent that money on something useful, like a bazooka.
 
2012-04-04 12:51:53 PM

MindStalker: ReverendLoki: zepher: I wonder how much of the $5,000 made it to the evidence locker?

Are you impugning the morality of our boys in blue? Of course all $2,000 made it.

Well they did give her the majority of the $1,500 as a reward according to the article. Shed be better of just calling it a day.


She needs to shut her damn yap before they collect the $500 that she owes them.
 
2012-04-04 12:52:15 PM
I've already decided that if my house is being broken into I will tell 911 there is a fire as well. Reason being that the fire department will be there faster and my dog is less likely to be shot.
 
2012-04-04 12:52:30 PM

Spasticus Autisticus: The drug-sniffing dog "indicated" on the money?

Unless I am mistaken, a high percentage of large-denomination paper money shows traces of illegal drugs under scrutiny.

Using this logic, any paper money could be seized.


www.reece-eu.net
 
2012-04-04 12:53:11 PM

karmaceutical: So why did she call the police again? She more or less admitted the deal was fishy. The Cops just confirmed it didn't pass the smell test. Now she wants them to give it back?


Well, she probably thought it might be stolen. In that situation reporting it is the right thing to do.

She just didn't expect the cops to steal it from her.
 
2012-04-04 12:53:34 PM

Spasticus Autisticus: The drug-sniffing dog "indicated" on the money?


Besides the actual presence of trace drugs on almost all money, these dogs are also trained to indicate wherever their handler wants them to indicate. Voila, probable cause!
 
2012-04-04 12:54:03 PM
Well on one hand you don't want people with guns coming to find you because they made a mistake. On the other WTF it's 12K tax free hold it for a few days and see.

It will drag out in the court and she will get another grand or two after taxes. There are cases of suspected drug money going to the finder after a set amount of time.
 
2012-04-04 12:55:26 PM
gilgigamesh: Never go to the cops about anything, unless you have absolutely no choice.

I worked for 5 years in the Dallas County courthouse, and I tell people this every chance I get....

NEVER CALL THE POLICE. THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS.
 
2012-04-04 12:55:47 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: She's not exactly a victim though. She was told she would get it back in 90 days if they didn't find anything wrong with it, they found something wrong with it (whether legitimate or not doesn't matter at this point) and now she's crying that they won't give it back. Sorry, don't see any victims here.


3/10 Your troll fu is weak.
 
2012-04-04 12:57:09 PM

tricycleracer: "Even though I desperately needed the money as my husband and I have 5 children, I feel I did the right thing by calling Moorhead Police," she states in the lawsuit.

FAILx2.


ftfy
 
2012-04-04 12:57:23 PM

SpectroBoy: Well, she probably thought it might be stolen. In that situation reporting it is the right thing to do.

She just didn't expect the cops to steal it from her.


To be fair, she called the cops because she thought the money might be stolen. In the end, it was.
 
2012-04-04 12:58:48 PM
I should be a cop. There's a nice Frank Lloyd Wright house in town and a Lotus Elise that I've seen driving around. Both smell like pot to me.
 
2012-04-04 12:59:54 PM

CruiserTwelve: I'd love to see the look on the face of the customer when she gets to her supplier and opens her cash box and finds half a hamburger and some shriveled up french fries.


Almost my exact thoughts. This was no "tip." Someone walked out with the wrong to go box.
 
2012-04-04 01:00:20 PM
Wait, it was left in a to-go box? Sounds more like someone forgot their drug money to me... Surprised the headline didn't read: [asinine] Don't call the cops when you lose 12k in drug profits because you left it behind in your take away box at a restaurant.

Any restaurant workers car to enlighten me on what usually happens when someone leaves behind their leftovers? I would guess it would be thrown in the garbage without a second thought...
 
2012-04-04 01:03:21 PM

SpectroBoy: karmaceutical: So why did she call the police again? She more or less admitted the deal was fishy. The Cops just confirmed it didn't pass the smell test. Now she wants them to give it back?

Well, she probably thought it might be stolen. In that situation reporting it is the right thing to do.

She just didn't expect the cops to steal it from her.



It wasn't her's to steal then, was it?
 
2012-04-04 01:05:01 PM
This is what the police have collectively done to how the public sees them;

www.copblock.org

4.bp.blogspot.com

www.fuddlesticks.com
 
2012-04-04 01:07:46 PM
The greatest threat to our security and freedom comes not from terrorists and religious fundamentalists, but rather from those that are employed to secure those freedoms and security.
 
2012-04-04 01:08:03 PM

The My Little Pony Killer:
A self-made victim is not a victim.


How the fark is she a "self made victim"?

Waitress gets $12k cash tip. Article notes that the financial plight of waitress and her family is well known in the community, so it's at least plausible it could have been a large financial gift and not a misplaced load of drug money.

Waitress turns in money, trying to do the right thing. Waitress is told that if money isn't claimed by another party in 60 days, she can have it.

Waitress returns after 60 days, it told the wait is now extended to 90 days.

After 90 days, waitress returns again. Waitress is told she will not get the money because it is now evidence in a drug investigation. Note that she wasn't told this after 60 days. Note that nobody has claimed the money.

Is that $12k worth it to the Moorhead, MN PD that nobody will ever turn "found money" in again because they know that it will be automatically considered drug money?

What kind of farking investigation are they performing that would be evidence in? How could they tie a random cash tip to a specific drug investigation? I doubt that small-town PD is doing CSI crap with it to try to match DNA molecules of marijuana on the drugs to a specific strain of weed that one specific cultivator grows or something. It's a cash grab. I'm a cop and even I can see it's a blatant cash grab.
 
2012-04-04 01:08:45 PM

Do You Know What I Am Saying: Spasticus Autisticus: The drug-sniffing dog "indicated" on the money?

Unless I am mistaken, a high percentage of large-denomination paper money shows traces of illegal drugs under scrutiny.

Using this logic, any paper money could be seized.

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Would like a word.


use coopins instead
 
2012-04-04 01:08:51 PM
Look, what you all have to keep in mind is...

$12,000 is a LOT of donuts.
 
2012-04-04 01:09:40 PM
www.dvdizzy.com
Maybe Uncle Billy was going to make a deposit and got hungry.
 
2012-04-04 01:14:06 PM
Don't ever involve the police, the fark everyone over and up.
 
2012-04-04 01:16:56 PM
..and his handler believed the dog detected an odor, the lawsuit stated...
www.laughstub.com

"And they ask me, "Well, is it alright if we let the drug-sniffing dog walk along the outside of the plane?" I said, "That's fine," and the dog walks back and forth a few times, and the cop says, "Well, the dog gave us the signal there are drugs on the plane," and I was like, "...No, he didn't! That dog didn't do anything, I was starting straight at him! He didn't wink, blink, woof, or paw. What's his signal, a blank stare? [Mimes a blank stare] That's all he did!" And the cop says, "Well, the dog gave us the signal there are drugs on the plane," And I said, "Well I said there are no drugs on the plane. Who are you going to believe, me or...Ah, fark it, whatever."


The various ways a handler can be lead to believe his dog has indicated some drugs:
stopthedrugwar.org
factoidz.com
3.bp.blogspot.com
static.photo.net
cdn.buzznet.com

I saw some episode of cops where the officer tells the suspect he needs to search his car for drugs. He walks the dog around to the trunk, and the dog does nothing until the officer points to the truck, at which time the dog jumps up and sniffs where his finger just was. The dog then dops back to all fours and just stands there. The officer tells the guy "My dog has indicated on your trunk, so I am going to search it." And I was thinking "What a load of crap"
/The cop did find a pound of pot, but it was still a BS call
 
2012-04-04 01:19:19 PM

gilgigamesh: That's what you get for trusting thieves who have police powers.


FTFY.
 
2012-04-04 01:21:39 PM

Silverstaff: $12,000 is a huge tip though. Probably was drug money, but the cops here were being royal assholes in confiscating it. Not like it would be usable evidence against anybody in a drug prosecution, they just wanted to add $12k to their coffers.


Actually the smart thing would be for the PD to say "We took the money and won't give it back." Then they quietly give it back to the woman. That way she doesn't have to worry about the drug dealers dropping by at 2 am to get their 12k back.
 
2012-04-04 01:21:59 PM

Silverstaff: The My Little Pony Killer:
She's not exactly a victim though. She was told she would get it back in 90 days if they didn't find anything wrong with it, they found something wrong with it (whether legitimate or not doesn't matter at this point) and now she's crying that they won't give it back. Sorry, don't see any victims here.

It it's not legitimate, then she is a victim.

If it's illegitimate and they are making shiat up to seize the money, she sure is hell is a victim since otherwise she'd get to keep the $12k.


She is a "victim" just like somebody who falls for a 419 scam is a "victim". I believe there is a saying about a fool and his money that sums up the situation perfectly.
 
2012-04-04 01:27:52 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: MindStalker: ReverendLoki: zepher: I wonder how much of the $5,000 made it to the evidence locker?

Are you impugning the morality of our boys in blue? Of course all $2,000 made it.

Well they did give her the majority of the $1,500 as a reward according to the article. Shed be better of just calling it a day.

She needs to shut her damn yap before they collect the $500 that she owes them.


Don't you mean the $1,200 she scammed from the department?
 
2012-04-04 01:27:58 PM

ciberido: What exactly is the problem?


The problem is that these lying, shiatbag cops don't get to keep the money that way.
 
2012-04-04 01:29:08 PM

mesia: Wait, it was left in a to-go box? Sounds more like someone forgot their drug money to me... Surprised the headline didn't read: [asinine] Don't call the cops when you lose 12k in drug profits because you left it behind in your take away box at a restaurant.

Any restaurant workers car to enlighten me on what usually happens when someone leaves behind their leftovers? I would guess it would be thrown in the garbage without a second thought...


The article said it was in a to-go box from a different restaurant, and that the waitress took it out to the woman who left it behind. The woman then told her to keep it. So, doesn't sound like it was forgotten. Probably left on purpose, as it may have been ill-gotten gains that she wanted to dispose of.
 
2012-04-04 01:29:54 PM
and cops wonder why they are almost universally mistrusted and spoken ill about...morans...then again she did call the cops. I would have peeked inside saw the cash asked for an hour to run home because I sharted and hid the money then returned with a smile and feeling groovy in my new underwear.
 
2012-04-04 01:30:11 PM

Walker: Police trying to claim the money for themselves by saying it's drug money when they have no proof. Nothing new there.


...don't forget the "Deadly Force" granted to government agencies at all levels.

/Deadly Force to obtain what it wants from you.
 
2012-04-04 01:30:37 PM
University of Massachusetts-led study released in 2009 found that up to 90 percent of U.S. paper contained traces of cocaine, according to published reports.
Hmmmm
 
2012-04-04 01:33:49 PM
She called the cops, what did she expect them to do; take the money, or tell her to stop wasting their time and keep it (in which case why the fark did she call them?)? They even gave her a reward. She's too dumb to deserve the money and should just STFU and GBTW.
 
2012-04-04 01:34:56 PM

whosits_112: The article said it was in a to-go box from a different restaurant, and that the waitress took it out to the woman who left it behind. The woman then told her to keep it. So, doesn't sound like it was forgotten. Probably left on purpose, as it may have been ill-gotten gains that she wanted to dispose of.


Thanks, I don't know how I missed that whole section of the article....
 
2012-04-04 01:37:47 PM

ReverendLoki: zepher: I wonder how much of the $5,000 made it to the evidence locker?

Are you impugning the morality of our boys in blue? Of course all $2,000 made it.


And then when the waitress pushed the issue, she got all $1000 back. Case closed.
 
2012-04-04 01:38:20 PM
"Even though I desperately needed the money as my husband and I have 5 children, I feel I did the right thing by calling Moorhead Police," she states in the lawsuit.

unless your life is in imminent danger NEVER EVER call the police!

As for probably cause she is farked! unless the money is freshly made and just came off the press at a US Bureau of Engraving and Printing plant, it WILL have traces of drugs on it!
A good enough dog will likely detect drugs on probably most paper money in circulation today.

NEVER EVER CALL THE COPS! They will rob you.
 
2012-04-04 01:38:59 PM

SpectroBoy: FTA: "Even though I desperately needed the money as my husband and I have 5 children, I feel I did the right thing by calling Moorhead Police,"

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Remember kids; The cops are not your friends. If you find yourself in a situation where their involvement is not necessary then leave them out of it.


So they're in the wrong for trying to figure out if the money was illegally attained? It's their job to fight crime, isn't it? She's an idiot for calling them, no doubt. But you can't get mad at them for doing their jobs once you bring them into the equation. I'm sure her next call was to the IRS.
 
2012-04-04 01:39:07 PM
No good deed goes unpunished.
 
2012-04-04 01:42:47 PM

SuperNinjaToad: "Even though I desperately needed the money as my husband and I have 5 children, I feel I did the right thing by calling Moorhead Police," she states in the lawsuit.

unless your life is in imminent danger NEVER EVER call the police!

As for probably cause she is farked! unless the money is freshly made and just came off the press at a US Bureau of Engraving and Printing plant, it WILL have traces of drugs on it!
A good enough dog will likely detect drugs on probably most paper money in circulation today.

NEVER EVER CALL THE COPS! They will rob you.


"Let me see some ID" is the next statement here...

/then the deadly force
 
2012-04-04 01:43:11 PM
I don't see what's wrong with this. She called the cops and basically asked them if it was cool. They gave her an answer that she didn't like, and now she's crying about it.
 
2012-04-04 01:46:25 PM

Creoena: Old enough to know better: Well I hope SOMEBODY learned a valuable lesson from this.

Never call the cops?

/One lived just down the road from me...he was arrested after breaking into his neighbor's apartment, stealing her TV, and then throwing it into the river once he was IDed as the thief


A cop living on my street got drunk and began cleaning his gun and in the process discharged the firearm through his front door and hit a cab driver in the leg who was unloading some other neighbor's stuff.
 
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