Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished"

A waitress in Minnesota, a mother of five, receives a 12, 000 dollar tip. Acting responsibly, probably due in part to telling her co-workers, she calls the local police and turns the money in.

They of course seize the money. They promise to return the money after 60 or 90 days. That time has passed and now they are refusing to return the money.

Assuming money is drug money? How do they know that? Even if it is drug money- what right do they have to seize it? I've got an even better story than this one- but it turned out differently.

It's probably been 10 years now, but I received a call from a local grocery store manager one day. According to him, two young people (20's) came in to the store and bought a case of beer. They handed the clerk a 1908 St. Gaudens gold double eagle as payment. The clerk had never seen anything like that so she called the manager. The manager, a coin collector, immediately knew what it was and offered to exchange it on the spot for a twenty dollar bill. They agreed to that. The manager then called the police.

I had the coin appraised at the time. Appraisers valued it at 15-20,000 dollars. I waited 90 days and scoured stolen property reports. Years later, I discovered that Whitey Bulger had been through our valley. According to FBI sources, Whitey financed his 30 years on the run with coins he had purchased while practicing his skills on east coast mobsters. Somehow I have always believed- the two idiots in the store that day- either received or stole that coin from Whitey Bulger. Or stole it from somewhere else.

One of the great unsolved mysteries of my past life. The Moorhead cops are dicks. Now the waitress has to sue them. If you want to do a good deed, write the city manager here: 

If you want, you could always write the Chief. Heh.
David Ebinger, Police Chief (

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