Kid finds $2000, city says she can have it, but then…

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Here is an aggravating story out of  Dallas, Texas about a kid who discovers $2000 in cash in an envelope and tries to “do the right thing”.

She turned it over to the Dallas police who told her they would give it back to her if they couldn’t find out who it belonged to.  Three months went by.  Then, as governments commonly do, the city just changed the rules of the game, mid-stream, and decided to keep it.

“We appreciate your honesty,” said Dallas police spokesman Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse. “We’re going to put the money to good use. It’s not going to be wasted, but put to good use for the City of Dallas.”

I’m sure the city will be able to find a much better use for it than the girl who was living in a single bedroom apartment with her parents and four brothers and sisters.

Nice work, Dallas, you sleazy pack of bottom feeding blood sucking assholes.

Thanks to Facebook friend and fellow Agitator fan Benjamin Meinders for this link.

[Posted by Dave Krueger]

[UPDATE 5-12-11 9:50AM ET]

Nate posted a comment below that includes a link to an update on the story indicating a change of heart on the part of the city.   But, after reading the update, I wonder if the city’s initial attempt to keep the cash was even legal in view of the state law.

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30 Responses to “Kid finds $2000, city says she can have it, but then…”

  1. #1 |  pegr | 

    Can’t change the rules, because here we call those rules “laws”. Time to sue. (Yeah, who can sue for $2,000? I believe Dave’s profane assessment is correct.)

  2. #2 |  Nate | 

    Update: She might get to keep it.

  3. #3 |  Z | 

    You know its stories like this that make people want to move into a shack in the woods. This little girl learned a very important lesson that will help her cope in 2011 and beyond: Honesty is for suckers.

  4. #4 |  Mannie | 

    This is exactly why you never turn in found property, other than torn umbrellas and hats that don’t fit. Because the government will steal it.

    Finders keepers. Losers, weepers. Just don’t get caught.

  5. #5 |  MRK | 

    She should just be happy the city didn’t charge her interest.

    But in the long run its a good thing. The more people that learn to distrust authority at a young age, the better.

  6. #6 |  CK | 

    Trusting cops is not the same as honesty Z. She should indeed learn the lesson that talking to or trusting police is not wise.

  7. #7 |  marco73 | 

    Wow, $2000? What is a citizen doing with that kind of amount, in cash, if not something illegal? Waiting for the followup story where Dallas SWAT raids their home, and shoots the dog.

  8. #8 |  primus | 

    Lord Acton said “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The police have been given defacto absolute power. They are NEVER held accountable. Therefore, they become corrupt. Nice to see them held accountable, even if it is only by being outed in the ‘net, not the MSM. Same old.

  9. #9 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #2 Nate

    Update: She might get to keep it.

    Thanks for the update, Nate!

    If I had posted about this before their change of heart, I would have claimed my brutal name-calling tirade helped them see the light. hahahaa!

  10. #10 |  Maria | 

    Careful. In New York you just might keep the wallet for ten minutes too long and then get arrested for theft.

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    your tirade is correct, regardless of the outcome. these fuckers are trying to figure out a way to keep the money and not get pummeled with bad publicity. they were probably thinking about a widescreen and x-box for the break room…

  12. #12 |  Joe | 

    Dallas [the government] sucks. Are there no good people in Dallas to help this little girl?

  13. #13 |  JS | 

    primus “Lord Acton said “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The police have been given defacto absolute power. ”

    Good point! This is the crux of the matter imo. They are completely out of control because we have elevated them so far above anyone else. I’m pretty sure if they wanted to beat or taze the SEAL team that killed bin Laden they’d even get away with that.

  14. #14 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    We all know what happens to do-gooders in Dallas.
    Hint–it involves a magic bullet and a grassy knoll.

  15. #15 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Never trust the government!! Question Authority!!

  16. #16 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Nate posted a comment below that includes a link to an update on the story indicating a change of heart on the part of the city.

    I don’t think “change of heart” is the proper terminology. It implies that some ethical or moral consideration led somebody to change their mind. I think it was more of a “change of brains;” I’m sure the city would’ve kept the cash if they thought they could get away with it without a legal and/or PR shitstorm.

  17. #17 |  MassHole | 

    How stupid can the cops in this case be? $2k is jack for the PD of a large city like Dallas. I guess they figured they would steam roll this young girl and no one would be the wiser. Good on her for going to the press and fighting for it. Now the cops have lost $10 million worth of good will with the people of Dallas over chump change. This is the type of thing that will piss off the most hardcore badge lickers.

    The hubris and lack of common sense exhibited by these uniformed goons never ceases to amaze me.

  18. #18 |  Bob | 

    She’s just lucky she’s not in jail for “Money Laundering” and um… “Carrying cash with intent to buy drugs” and “Bribing a public official”

  19. #19 |  M | 

    I predict they give it back, then stop and question her on her way home and pursue a civil forfeiture case against the $2000 because she can’t prove she wasn’t going to buy drugs with it.

  20. #20 |  Thom | 

    I disagree with the parents that the lesson she learned was not a good one. In fact, it was one of the most valuable lesson’s that could be learned: the government is not on your side.

  21. #21 |  Stephen | 

    Looks like an anonymous donor has given the girl twice as much. :)–121637209.html

  22. #22 |  pegr | 

    They got caught ignoring the law, just like I said in #1. Good for us, shame on them!

  23. #23 |  Brandon | 

    Don’t worry, they’ll find some drugs on her while she’s walking to school one day next week and the 2 grand will be forfeited after the publicity dies down a bit. Can’t let a mere citizen keep half a shift’s worth of bribes, after all.

  24. #24 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #22 pegr

    They got caught ignoring the law, just like I said in #1. Good for us, shame on them!

    I’d say you mailed it in your first post. Good call.

  25. #25 |  Pablo | 

    In GA where I live there is a “theft of lost or mislaid property” which basically makes it a crime to keep something you find without making a reasonable attempt to determine and contact the owner. What is “reasonable” is, predictably, unclear.

    Of course I doubt it would apply to the police.

  26. #26 |  Mannie | 

    #25 | Pablo | May 12th, 2011 at 1:09 pm
    In GA where I live there is a “theft of lost or mislaid property”

    Oh the cops will make every reasonable effort to locate and contact the owner. They will post a legal notice on a 3×5 card on the bulletin board in their break room. “Is that your money? Do you have the serial numbers of all the bills? Sorry, we can’t prove it’s yours. Assume the position. STOP RESISTING!”

    “Money? What money? Pass a donut.”

  27. #27 |  Big A | 

    #26- Yeah, it’ll be posted all right- in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, located in a forgotten lavatory marked by a sign saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’. OSLT.

  28. #28 |  John C. Randolph | 

    The decent thing to do in such a situation is to run a notice (say, on craigslist), saying “a sum of money was found at such and such a place and time, if it’s yours you can claim it by stating the exact amount and describing the container it was found in”. No need to involve the cops in any way.


  29. #29 |  Bergman | 

    Re: JCR, #28:

    And shortly thereafter, the SWAT team ill kick in your door and arrest you (should you survive) for stealing the money. After all, the police don’t know you’re honest, and an “honest” person would have turned in lost property to the proper authorities.

  30. #30 |  knoxharrington | 

    I live in Dallas and heard this morning on the radio that the local populace was so outraged that people started sending her money – last count was $8,000 and growing. No word on her intent with the funds but as a Dallas resident I can tell you that this is par for the course. The budget deficit gave the police the incentive to begin “tax farming” by inventing speed traps and staking out school zones for people on cell phones.