Don't Call the Cops No. 359: Police Keep Suspiciously Large Tip


Minnesota area waitress sues to get back money she foolishly tipped off the cops to. Details:

According to the lawsuit filed three weeks ago:

The waitress was working at the Moorhead Fryn' Pan when she noticed that a woman had left a to-go box from another restaurant on the table.

The waitress picked it up, followed the woman to her car and tried to give her the box, but the woman replied, "No, I am good; you keep it."

The waitress thought that was strange, but she agreed and went back inside the restaurant, the lawsuit states. The box felt too heavy to contain only leftovers, so she looked inside and found cash rolled up in rubber bands.

"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.

Police arrived and seized the money, which the woman was told amounted to roughly $12,000. She was first told the money would be hers if it wasn't claimed within 60 days, the lawsuit states. Then she claims she was told to wait 90 days.

Ninety days passed, and police told her she wouldn't receive the money because it's being held as part of a drug investigation. Instead, she got a $1,000 reward.

She has filed suit in Clay County District Court to get the money back. Good luck.

Reason on police asset forfeiture.