UPDATE: After this news hit national headlines and local police were inundated with negative press, they wrote a check out to Stacy Knutson for $12,000! Finally some good news!
It's not everyday that someone gets handed off a wad of cash and then turns it into police knowing that if no one claims it within 90 days it will be theirs free and clear, especially after they were reassured of the deal. But a waitress in Minnesota just found out the hard way that honesty doesn't pay when dealing with her local police department in Moorhead.
The waitress, Stacy Knutson, said the money was a tip from a customer who knew she was broke and needed the money to help provide for her husband and five children. But the authorities think otherwise and say it is drug money, therefore she can't have it, even though the 90 days have expired, leaving it rightfully hers. But no! Moorhead's department changed their tune when the 90 days was over and pulled back on the claim she could make. Ouch!
Think about it, she is poor and wants to feed her kids, as the days approach to where it looks like she'll get the money, BAM! "Sorry mam we can't let you have that money because we may have found it to smell like marijuana."
"I do know that the person gave me what was in that to-go bag," Stacy Knutson, a mother of five who works at the Fry'n Pan restaurant, wrote in the lawsuit filed in March. "Thus as I understand it, it is mine."
Since the police went back on their word, the waitress is suing the city of Moorhead for taking the money that should be rightfully hers. It is not just a little pocket change either, this waitress was handed a bag full of money counting out to well over $12,000, according to Associated Press reports.