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City of Dallas keeps $2000 found by honest teen
WFAA.com ^ | May 10, 2011 | CRAIG CIVALE

Posted on 05/10/2011 9:54:00 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan

DALLAS — Dallas will keep $2,000 found by a teenager in a parking lot last February.

The money will go into the city's general fund — not back to Plano high school student Ashley Donaldson, who found the cash in an envelope at the Pavillion Shopping Center in North Dallas.

"I don't regret making the decision I did," she said. "I feel proud of myself for giving the money back. It's one of the biggest decisions of my life."

The 15-year-old Shepton High School student spotted the money on the ground and took it to a nearby Chase Bank.

Over the last three months, the bank and Dallas police have tried to find the owner, but have had no luck.

On Tuesday, police said under a new city policy, the unclaimed money will go into Dallas' general fund — not back to the person who found it, as in years past.

(Excerpt) Read more at wfaa.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ashleydonaldson; dallas; honesty; lostandfound; plano; police; texas
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Those tax revenue wasting apparatchiks, that call themselves "managers", at the City of Dallas will prolly give the money to some illegal Mezzicans who will use it to buy tequila and ammo for a fiesta celebrating the birth of another little anchor baby.

Or, more likely, the Dallas City Manager will use it to re-decorate her office.

1 posted on 05/10/2011 9:54:04 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan
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To: NeverForgetBataan

LET THIS BE A LESSON, KID.


2 posted on 05/10/2011 9:56:18 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

>>On Tuesday, police said under a new city policy, the unclaimed money will go into Dallas’ general fund — not back to the person who found it, as in years past.
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Res ipsa loquater.


3 posted on 05/10/2011 9:58:39 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (osama gets 72 virgins. We get 72 versions...)
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To: NeverForgetBataan
That is a mighty big donut fund.

You cops should be proud.

They union in Dallas?

4 posted on 05/10/2011 9:58:56 PM PDT by cruise_missile (Palin: More woman than Michelle. More man than Barack.)
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To: SIDENET

Probably a bribe from one pol to another, so it is really their money anyway.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 9:59:42 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Andy would give them a week to claim, then Opie gets it. Remember that Andy is a liberal. My how far America has fallen.


6 posted on 05/10/2011 9:59:50 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

This is a nice uplifting story. Next time a kid finds a lost item, they will have such a distrust and anger at the Gov’t, that it will be the last place they will turn the money into. This has to be the biggest kick in the teeth I have seen money hungry Gov’t officials do. Give some reward or better yet, give the finder all the cash. What right do these officials have to the money anyway.


7 posted on 05/10/2011 10:01:03 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Even Texas, esp. in the urban cesspools of Houston, Austin, and Dallas (my home), is infested with libscum.

And if that doesn’t scare you (general “you” there, not NFB in particular), well, it should.

/a concerned Texan

PS If it was found in Plano, why is it going to Dallas?


8 posted on 05/10/2011 10:01:31 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Stupid child.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 10:01:54 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Moral of the story.... When you find money, DON’T TELL ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geez.......


10 posted on 05/10/2011 10:02:18 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Don’t worry kid. God and the rest of us know you did the right thing. You will be rewarded.

As to the stingy government, just how often do you think people are going to turn in found stacks of cash now?


11 posted on 05/10/2011 10:02:23 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: NeverForgetBataan
Now some poor person who loses their hard earned money won't get it back because who in their right mind will turn it in?

I hope the City of Dallas and the Dallas PD are embarassed into changing their "new" policy back to the old policy.

12 posted on 05/10/2011 10:03:48 PM PDT by ninergold3 (Let Go and Let God - He IS In Control)
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To: cruise_missile

“They union in Dallas?”_
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I think they have a “Police Association”, but Texas is a “right to work” state so they can’t collectively bargain. I
believe that’s the case but I could be wrong. I was once... in 1985... i think ;)


13 posted on 05/10/2011 10:04:14 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Ashley did the right thing but her family needed the money. There was no reward, but a thank you or “we appreciate” or whatever the congratulatory redundant answer would be. I believe in karma and that family will receive some blessing.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:03 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: eyedigress
I seem to recall under UCC that the finder has to wait 30 days and if the owner is not found, the finder gets the money.

Who changed the law in Dallas and when how was this announced.

What goes hand-in-hand with these UCC policies is also the checking accounts that are abandoned over the course of time. It add up to a significant amount of money. So since abandoned checking and savings accounts are more frequent, I suppose the law was changed to address this pile of cash and not the "found cash" represented in this story.

Thanks police. You really look great stiffing a young citizen out of finders fee.

To Serve and Protect our Union Pension Benefits.

15 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:05 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (ULEOs surveil 24/7/365)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Thieves! This will only encourage others to never turn in money found.


16 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:42 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: NeverForgetBataan

What a bunch of a-wipes. Govt by the govt and for the govt.


17 posted on 05/10/2011 10:07:25 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

what? this happened in Texas? i thought nothing like this ever happens in Texas... are they sure this is in Dallas, Texas?


18 posted on 05/10/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: BigCinBigD

The child was right. The state is corrupt.

That lesson will stick.


19 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:33 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

They have what it takes to take what you have!


20 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: piytar

PS If it was found in Plano, why is it going to Dallas?
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She lives in Plano but found it in Dallas. Prolly far Dallas el Norte, up by Plano.

Plano would have kept it too. And used it to buy gas for those stupid Yukons all their cops drive. What a waste of
money.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 10:09:14 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: max americana

I believe it “may” happen. A good soul receives gifts sometimes unreported.


22 posted on 05/10/2011 10:11:05 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: NeverForgetBataan
I never question found money or guns.

If I find food, I was taught that it's best to test it on a politician or a dog, first.

/johnny

23 posted on 05/10/2011 10:11:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

For those that have not seen the video (I didn’t before I posted) this kid and 6 other family members live in a 1 bedroom apartment!

They could USE the money!

She was planing on buying a car if I remember right from the video. Read the comments there, I’m down for 50 bucks if we can find a way to get it to her. I don’t trust paypal, or the paypal account posted in the comments.


24 posted on 05/10/2011 10:11:14 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: NeverForgetBataan
So the kid gave the money to the bank and the bank gave it to the cops.
Hmmmmm
25 posted on 05/10/2011 10:12:45 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Well whose ever money that was has just made an unexpected donation to the State. Talk about a hidden tax.


26 posted on 05/10/2011 10:13:39 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Well whose ever money that was has just made an unexpected donation to the State. Talk about a hidden tax.


27 posted on 05/10/2011 10:14:21 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: cableguymn

Read the comments there, I’m down for 50 bucks if we can find a way to get it to her. I don’t trust paypal, or the paypal account posted in the comments.
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NO! don’t start a fund. I want to see the droolers at the City of Dallas wither under the criticism and crawl back to
her with the money.

That’s the ONLY lesson that tax wasters remember. Public humiliation. I’m sure WFAA ran the story to whip up a
public sh!t storm.


28 posted on 05/10/2011 10:18:38 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: eyedigress

I live in Illinois. Not sure but I think if no one claims any found money, it goes to the Democrat party.


29 posted on 05/10/2011 10:28:36 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

“2 grand- That could pay for coffee and donuts for us for the next two weeks!” (as the police chief probably said to himself when he heard about this money)


30 posted on 05/10/2011 10:36:16 PM PDT by richmwill
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“2 grand- That could pay for coffee and donuts for us for the next two weeks!” (as the police chief probably said to himself when he heard about this money)
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Most likely whiskey and whores too.


31 posted on 05/10/2011 10:40:25 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: rawhide

I found some money last year at a mall.
It was a wad of cash, and I thought some kid dropped his birthday or Christmas gift.
I turned it in to lost and found.
“They” looked at me like I was insane for reporting finding it.
Nobody claimed it as lost, so I was given the cash thirty days later.

What really shocked me was the number of people who not only thought I was an idiot for reporting a wad of cash to the mall lost and found office, but those same people who were parents, told me they wouldn’t direct their children to report to the Mall that they had lost money.

The wad of cash I found was just a few dollars shy of two hundred dollars.
If it had been two thousand dollars, I would still have turned it in to lost and found.

If I thought the police would keep the money...I don’t think I would have turned it in.


32 posted on 05/10/2011 10:41:26 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: NeverForgetBataan
I feel proud of myself for giving the money back.

Feel all you like but the fact is, no, you didn't give the money back. You gave it away.

33 posted on 05/10/2011 10:41:51 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: newzjunkey

“Feel all you like but the fact is, no, you didn’t give the money back. You gave it away”
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Sadly.... True.


34 posted on 05/10/2011 10:46:08 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: max americana
Ashley did the right thing but her family needed the money.

Did she? The rightful owner didn't get the $2000 back.

The real owner will never see the money again.

What right does the state have to this money?

35 posted on 05/10/2011 10:48:14 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

I’m not sure how the city has a legal claim to this money, or at least, any greater legal claim than the girl who found it. I bet a decent lawyer could get this money back.


36 posted on 05/10/2011 10:50:46 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Possession is 9 tenths of the law.


37 posted on 05/10/2011 10:51:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: fr_freak

“I’m not sure how the city has a legal claim to this money, or at least, any greater legal claim than the girl who found it. I bet a decent lawyer could get this money back”
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I agree. I hope some attorney steps up to aid her. The family clearly needs the money.

Now.. some time wasting, tax leech with full benes and a fat 401K match, working in the City of Dallas accounting dept, will prolly just dole out the money in the form of paychecks to the rest of the tax leeches supposedly “working” for the city.

Then they will waste the rest of the day on facebook and go home early so they can get a jump on their two week paid
vacation.


38 posted on 05/10/2011 11:06:26 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

And this kid would probably have used the money for college. Now it can go to paying the pension of a city worker so they can retire at 55.


39 posted on 05/10/2011 11:15:10 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

They have a poll with the article. So far 99% believe Ashley, the teen who found it should keep it.


40 posted on 05/10/2011 11:28:37 PM PDT by matt04
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To: BigCinBigD

No, not stupid. Naive.

Were I to find money in that town I’d put up a flyer or something and wait for a believeable person to call me with the right amount. After a few days it would be mine unless properly claimed.

I sure would not involve the police.


41 posted on 05/10/2011 11:44:01 PM PDT by Persevero (We don't need Superman -- we have the Special Forces)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

LOL!!


42 posted on 05/11/2011 12:12:36 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: SIDENET

They will probably want to tax her for it as income.


43 posted on 05/11/2011 12:23:10 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Yes THAT is what government does. The kid should have kept the money.


44 posted on 05/11/2011 12:47:10 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: JRandomFreeper
"If I find food, I was taught that it's best to test it on a politician or a dog, first."

What have you got against dogs? Use a politician's family. They are a lower form of life than a dog, or some of the smarter bugs, and of far less use to society. They just BELIEVE that they are not leeches on the groin of humanity.

Anyone who would linger around the slug who runs for office, expecting to benefit from his/her/it's droppings, forfeits any respect.

45 posted on 05/11/2011 2:32:34 AM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: Persevero

I can’t believe it took 40 posts on FR before somebody got it right versus the general sense here that it be turned in. What sense does it make to risk turning it over, rather than report it, if the finder already knows he/she will have the integrity to do the right thing? In relinquishing control, they are further risking the rightful owner’s property.

Hopefully a young 15 year old just became a bit more conservative.


46 posted on 05/11/2011 2:38:29 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: fr_freak
The City OWNS you, your property, and every other person who lives within It's grasp. You don't think so? Try not paying your property tax.

You're renting your house, car and freedom from the City. They throw you a bone by letting you drink, flush and drive, AFTER they "pay" four times the actual cost, not including kick-backs, to build, to someone's brother-in-law, for water pipes and streets.

47 posted on 05/11/2011 2:43:23 AM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

How about to the party whose property it was upon? The shopping center?


48 posted on 05/11/2011 2:48:49 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: NeverForgetBataan
On Tuesday, police said under a new city policy, the unclaimed money will go into Dallas' general fund — not back to the person who found it, as in years past.

A new city policy that was implemented on Monday

What a f'd up society we've become. Honest, law abiding, people get screwed again.

49 posted on 05/11/2011 3:04:21 AM PDT by hattend (Obama is better than OJ... He found a killer while on the golf course.)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

The City will save on paperwork because no one will ever turn in anything again.


50 posted on 05/11/2011 3:34:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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