Skip to comments.Minnesota Waitress Sues After Police Seize $12,000 'Tip'
Posted on 04/05/2012 8:19:16 AM PDT by mgstarr
Stacy Knutson, a struggling Minnesota waitress and mother of five, says she was searching for a "miracle" to help her family with financial problems.
But that "miracle" quickly came and went after police seized a $12,000 tip that was left at her table. Knutson filed a lawsuit in Clay County District Court stating that the money is rightfully hers. Police argue it is drug money.
Knutson was working at the Fryn' Pan in Moorhead, Minn., when, according to her attorney, Craig Richie, a woman left a to-go box from another restaurant on the table. Knutson followed the woman to her car to return the box to her.
"No I am good, you keep it," the woman said, according to the lawsuit.
Knutson did not know the woman and has not seen her since, Richie said. Knutson thought it was "strange" that the woman told her to keep it but she took it inside. The box felt too heavy to be leftovers, Ritchie said, so she opened it -- only to find bundles of cash wrapped in rubber bands.
"Even though I desperately needed the money as my husband and I have five children, I feel I did the right thing by calling the Moorhead Police," Knutson said in the lawsuit.
Police seized the money and originally told Knutson that if no one claimed it after 60 days, it was hers. She was later told 90 days, Richie said. When 90 days passed, Knutson was still without the $12,000.
Police told Knutson the money was being held as "drug money" and she would receive a $1,000 reward instead, the lawsuit states. Lt. Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead police said he could not disclose much information about the case because it is an ongoing investigation.
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She’s lucky they didn’t shoot her dog, too.
Jack booted thugs...
...what Obama-backing union do these thugs belong to.
First rule of acqiusition. “Once you have their money...You never give it back”’!
itsw drug money yeah thats the ticket....and they know this how?
They took it. Her fault is in being honest. No fault imo.
“I feel I did the right thing by calling the Moorhead police.”
That was her first, and biggest mistake.
The mysterious woman gave her the money.....the waitress should have thanked God and her lucky stars and kept her mouth shut.
Cops jut being cops and using forfeiture laws to fulfill their avarice and fund their GI Joe Toys.
Does this mean we can now start seizing bank accounts of the Police because they are funded with “drug money”?? What’s good for goose...
The next time a cop comes in and after having his doughnut and coffee leaves a tip...once he leaves she needs to report it to the Police HQ as drug money and give a discription of the individual who left it.
Does this mean we can now start seizing bank accounts of the Police because they are funded with drug money?? “
Now that there is funny...
I never really thought about this. When does drug money become ‘clean’? What does it say that until the money is injected into the government does it become no longer illegal.
But really what we should take away from this is:
NEVER TALK TO THE POLICE IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO.
If you have to have a legal representative present.
They are not your friends, they are not there to help you.
Interacting with police could have a good result, it could also have a really terrible result, not interacting at all will always has the same result.
I wholeheartedly agree, the Police are not your friends, and they never will be. Funny when they were “Peace Officers” the vast majority of America respected them, but since their transformation into “Law Enforcement officers” a growing majority now despises them and does not trust them, for we the people are finally waking up and realizing that they are nothing more than Hired AGents to enforce tyrannical laws and TAX Citizens for Petty offenses. Remember kids, No Person In AMERICA is REQUIRED to SPEAK to a POLICE OFFICER EVER, and unless the Revenue Agent can demonstrate a “REASONABLE SUSPICION” that a crime has been committed, you DO NOT have to produce Identification EVER.
She’ll need that 1000.00 to replace the door the SWAT team is gonna kick in at 3am.
sometimes I really hate some cops
all jacked up like Spec Ops...like they are at war...even in soft places
whatever happened to real people being cops without all the hardware and attitude?
around here we have local cops camped out on interstates in the medians watching every car that passes looking for pay days..sitting their in confiscated SUVs..all blacked out...reminds me of Elian
trust me...they would rather find money than dope
if they cannot prove that was a criminal that gave her proven ill gotten gains then they are full of crap
we have sure let a lot of rights fade for a safety I don’t much feel
Have a C-note here that says that $12K went to the “widows and orphans fund”.
If by that you mean the cop’s back pocket, then yes...
my c note says it went to buy more shiny equipment and poodle shooters for SWAT
Cops have a voracious appetite for “drug money” and any high amount of money they discover is OBVIOUSLY “drug money” and therefore theirs.
Nor should an innocent person allow himself to be intimidated by a LEO sneering, “You don’t want to appear uncooperative, do you?”
If he had probable cause or at least a victim of an actually-happened crime, he wouldn’t have to ask you to enter the lion’s den and ensnare yourself for him. Don’t yield to social pressure, because that’s all it is. Tough noogies if he can’t erect a case against you without your help. That’s his job, not yours.
The cop is not your friend.
Unfortunately this comes from the Supreme Court and applies to All 57 States:
Never Talk to Revenue Agents disguised as Law Enforcement Officers.
I miss old Quark.
(Why am I suddenly reminded of the Honeynooners episode where Ralph finds a suitcase filled with money on the bus?)
Jack booted thugs...Silly boy! Didn't you know all money is government money and they decide how much of "your" money you may keep?
...what Obama-backing union do these thugs belong to.
Just read on Drudge that she will get to keep all 12K.
Would like to know what she did for such a good tip.
Pay raises for everyone working for the city of Moorehead!
Sounds like the officers wanted to emulate the “Sheriff of Nottingham”.
LOL...they spent it on donuts.
There is no situation in your life that is not made worse by the addition of a cop.
AP: “Minnesota waitress gets to keep $12,000 ‘tip’”
A little “national attention” changes things a little, huh. Anybody think their “investigation” would have yielded “it’s not related to a crime” without the spotlight?
(I’m too lazy to post this as a separate link.)
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