Mystery woman leaves $12,000 at restaurant; waitress says it's a tip, police say drug money

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For turning in an unclaimed $12,000, Moorhead police gave a waitress a $1,000 consolation prize.
A waitress at the Moorhead Fryn' Pan was working when she noticed a woman had left a to-go box from another restaurant on a table.

She grabbed the box, then followed the woman out the restaurant. But when she tried to reunite the woman with her "leftovers," the waitress was told, "No, I'm good, you keep it."

Befuddled, the waitress reentered the restaurant and noticed the box was heavier than your usual leftover container. She opened it up, looked inside, and there was the answer to her prayers -- $12,000 in cold hard cash.

The waitress -- who the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum isn't naming, in case the windfall turns out to be part of a drug deal gone wrong -- has five children and says she and her husband "desperately needed the money." Nonetheless, she called the Moorhead Police to report what she'd found.

Police first told her the money would be hers if nobody stepped up to claim it. She waited 90 days, then checked back -- only to be told the money is being held by police as part of a drug investigation. Instead of $12,000, she ended up with a $1,000 reward.

The waitress is now suing for the full $12,000 in Clay County District Court. She claims that the cash was given to her as a gift.

As her attorney explained to the Inforum, the poverty-stricken plight of the waitress and her husband is well known at their church. The attorney says it's "far more likely" the mystery woman was relaying an anonymous donation to the waitress's family than it is that the dough was part of a drug deal.

Police, on the other hand, argue that the money had a strong marijuana odor, triggering a state statute that allows loose cash to be confiscated if it's in proximity to controlled substances.

But the waitress's attorney believes police are overstepping. "It smells of unfairness is what it smells of," he said.

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Cduran678
Cduran678

I used to do that before but not anymore, because I found a bad full of money long time I go went I was 15yrs old ,I was a pastime employed in a discount store and I let my manager know I about the bag. He walk to the from where the had the counter and he tell me they will give the bag back to the person, next day a lady walk to the store I was folding tables and I here the lady wasking for her bag, the answer from my manager was the may she for get her bag in the bus.... So he keep the bag the money ..l

Henry
Henry

This poor waitress is a Jack Ass for turning it in and deserves NOTHING for being so stupid.  The woman told her to keep it and she turns it in LMAO.  Who would do that in this day & age, for all she knew the woman could have been a Millionaire & was just helping her out. I do massages for a living & i had a client gave me $200 for a $60 massage, he just said here's your fee & something extra for Christmas. Sometime's blessings come when you lease expect them.

GodHelpUsAll
GodHelpUsAll

God sends you a sign (gift) and you call the devil, what a shame. BTW, tell your lawyer "90 percent of U.S. bills carry traces of cocaine"

As
As

test

Eric
Eric

F#ck the police.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And thats why you never ever ever call the cops. Crooked scum bags

Randall Douglas
Randall Douglas

If there was a legit case on the books that led to the restaurant based on a lot of evidence, then the police claim would be legit. Instead, it looks like Chief Wiggams are in charge. Sad how we have 3rd world standards now. The waitress is just lucky they didn't give her a ticket for illegal parking or a bad headlight and cavity search the poor girl.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I'm gonna call bs on the fact that the police say need for a possible drug investigation. The notion of "crooked cops" isn't just a Hollywood creation.

Lenterman
Lenterman

If the woman told her to keep it, that's what she should've done. This waitress deserves whatever she gets. If it's a $1000 then be happy with that. She fucked up to begin with. 

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