Moral of the story: don't call the cops if you think your tip is too big!
A waitress was left a $12,000 tip. She was suspicious. She called the cops. The cops told her she would get it back after 60 days if no one claimed it. The police department than kept $11,000 and gave her a $1,000 reward. She is suing the police. Basic to confidence in civil government is the belief that the police are not corrupt, that they are dedicated to protecting citizens. But then asset forfeiture laws enable the police to confiscate currency on the assumption that currency must be the producer of illegal behavior. They don’t bother to prove this. They just keep the money. The courts generally uphold the police. Is this legalized theft? Of course. In the waitress’s case, the cops say it’s drug money. Proof? None.
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The Tea Party Economist