Video: City promises Dallas teen she can keep $2,000 that she found — and then confiscates it

posted at 7:32 pm on May 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, this reminds me of that now-infamous viral vid about the couple in Delaware who had their basketball hoop confiscated by the local petty bureaucracy. As in that case, rest assured that you will want to punch a wall after watching the clip. The news affiliate responsible for the report posted an online poll asking whether she should be allowed to keep the money; as of this writing, the vote stands at 7,684 to 106 or, in percentage terms … 99 to one. Local outrage is such that the mayor’s now been dragged into it, forced to stammer that he too thinks she should be allowed to keep the money and that they’ll review the policy by which the city keeps newly discovered cash if its owner can’t be located. They had better: Now that this story’s gotten major play locally and everyone knows the consequences of being honest, the cops will never again have a lost item reported to them when it’s found. Unless, I guess, young Ashley is the one who finds it.

Incidentally, is this Dallas, Texas? Good lord. Maybe the left has a shot at winning that state after all. Exit question: So, how much will Ashley and her folks end up making in donations from well wishers now? Over/under is $25,000.

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I’m unfortunately in Dallas, it used to be a nice city but started turning democrat in the mid 90’s and all the katrina refugees made it solidly liberal. Now there’s graffiti everywhere, crime is through the roof and they raise taxes every couple of years, for the children of course, and no, sadly i’m not kidding, they really did say the tax hike was for the children. I’ve asked to be transferred to San Antonio so i can get out of here, this place is scum city.

clearbluesky on May 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I voted yesterday that she should get the money.

If you reward a behavior, you’ll get more of it. If you punish a behavior, you’ll get less of it.

oldleprechaun on May 12, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Dallas and Austin Democrat strong holds – like any large city or state capitol where common sense is absent.

Dasher on May 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Dallas police decide to follow the law after all:

Hopefully someone’s butt is still hurting.

pedestrian on May 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

That is what bothered me the most about the story, and shame on HotAir for not looking it up.

I have never been to a jurisdiction that did not have some kind of 90day rule for lost items.

I am not surprised the police tried to pull a fast one and violate local, state and constitutional law, they do that all of the time, but when they do people need to stand up to that oppression, even if it is just a simple lost item or money.

the_ancient on May 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Let me just predict that some Good Samaritan out there is going to step up and give her at least the amount lost.

CLaFarge on May 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

An honest girl.

A dishonest Police Department.

Tim_CA on May 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Whatever happened to doing a good deed and not talking about it, much less going before the cameras? Anyway, good luck to her family in their new home.

Christien on May 11, 2011 at 7:49 PM

This is why what you’ve just typed is ridiculous. Sometimes you have to shine a light on scum in order to make them do the right thing. They were trying to steal that money.

Dallas police decide to follow the law after all:

Hopefully someone’s butt is still hurting.

pedestrian on May 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Esthier on May 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

If you would like to help Ashley Donaldson, you can do so at area Chase Bank branches in the name of the Ashley Donaldson Fund.

This was at the end of the anonymous donor article, and it just seems a bit odd. She just got twice what she lost. What’s the fund for exactly?

Esthier on May 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM