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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 33
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2012-04-04 11:57:52 AM
10 votes:
That's what you get for trusting thieves who have police powers.

Never go to the cops about anything, unless you have absolutely no choice.

I expect this waitress has learned that lesson.
2012-04-04 12:25:36 PM
8 votes:
Anyone stil convinced the police are there to protect and serve citizens? They're just the largest, most well-armed gang out there. The police are not your friends and are best avoided.
2012-04-04 12:38:41 PM
3 votes:
No good deed goes unpunished.
2012-04-04 12:35:49 PM
3 votes:

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.


This.

I am a LEO, and even I know that drug traces on money is BS, they even taught us that at the Academy. It's cash, it changes hands, a lot. It's a cloth-based paper, it will hold on to traces of things easily.

Drug-sniffing dogs have incredibly accurate noses which can easily give a false positive over an amount that's big enough to smell but be truly tiny trace amounts. If a dog signals, there really is something there, but the big question is "it it something worth it?"

I believe in one rather notorious case, the main evidence against a suspected drug trafficker was that his huge supply of cash all had traces of cocaine. The defense purchased bags of shredded cash from the US Treasury (the Treasury sells it as a novelty/gag item). They had these bags, straight from the treasury, drug tested, and this stuff came up just as positive for drug residue. The suspected dealer walked.

Drug traces on money don't mean shiat.

Also, definitely will agree that no good comes from turning in cash. It's freaking cash. It's not traceable, there is no way to prove anybody lost any particular bill or set of bills unless they somehow noted the serial numbers or something (and that's damn suspicious on its own).

$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.
2012-04-04 12:10:48 PM
3 votes:
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.
2012-04-04 12:57:23 PM
2 votes:

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 12:55:26 PM
2 votes:
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 12:52:15 PM
2 votes:
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 12:45:09 PM
2 votes:
This bears repeating...

Do not involve the police. Ever. Unless your life is in danger.
2012-04-04 12:44:01 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-04-04 12:31:51 PM
2 votes:
Five farking kids too many.
2012-04-04 12:30:32 PM
2 votes:

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?


Take your logic and reasonable thinking somewhere else, this is Fark.com
2012-04-04 12:26:13 PM
2 votes:
I wonder how much of the $5,000 made it to the evidence locker?
2012-04-04 12:25:03 PM
2 votes:
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?
2012-04-04 12:20:24 PM
2 votes:
Police trying to claim the money for themselves by saying it's drug money when they have no proof. Nothing new there.
2012-04-04 01:52:14 PM
1 votes:
And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it.
2012-04-04 01:38:20 PM
1 votes:
"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 01:27:58 PM
1 votes:

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 01:08:51 PM
1 votes:
Look, what you all have to keep in mind is...

$12,000 is a LOT of donuts.
2012-04-04 01:07:46 PM
1 votes:
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 12:58:48 PM
1 votes:
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 12:51:53 PM
1 votes:

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 12:50:08 PM
1 votes:

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 12:48:48 PM
1 votes:
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 12:44:36 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-04-04 12:40:07 PM
1 votes:
"That would mean that any money that ever had any drugs on it could be confiscated by the police at any time,"


Fascinating. I wonder if anyone associated with the police has thought of this.
2012-04-04 12:37:58 PM
1 votes:
I expect reverse cop math when it comes to cash seizures.

"The street value of the seized $12,000 is estimated at $1,400."
2012-04-04 12:36:00 PM
1 votes:
"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.

FAIL.
2012-04-04 12:29:28 PM
1 votes:
Never ever hand over money to cops without a warrant.

It really is that simple.
2012-04-04 12:26:20 PM
1 votes:

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
2012-04-04 12:22:26 PM
1 votes:
Well I hope SOMEBODY learned a valuable lesson from this.
2012-04-04 12:12:10 PM
1 votes:

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.


Seriously. It's totally her fault for doing the right thing and reporting what could have been stolen money and then it's also her fault for the cops lying to her and stealing it.
2012-04-04 12:07:41 PM
1 votes:

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.
 
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