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Minnesota Waitress Sues After Police Seize $12,000

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Struggling mom has a very strange encounter with a customer and is left with a box.  Box contains $12,000!  I think the key to this story is that she notified the police right away and they told her if nobody claimed it within a certain time she could have it.  That time passed and they extended it.  That extended time passed and they said she couldn’t have it because it’s “drug money”.   Because they didn’t disclose that right away, it sounds like they’re making up the rules on the fly so I can see her reasoning behind the lawsuit.

A couple of questions come to mind.  First would if this happened to you would you notify police or just take it as offered?  Second, if the series of events this woman experienced happened to you, would you sue or just take the police offer?  Here’s the whole story:


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.

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“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.

via Minnesota Waitress Sues After Police Seize $12,000 ‘Tip’ – Yahoo! News.

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