Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First dollar

You've seen these before: a framed dollar bill above the counter at a bar, store, restaurant, or other small business. It was placed there in celebration of the first buck earned by a entrepreneur who risked it all to follow a dream.

Last week, our Administrative Officer/Accountant, Michele, showed me a deposit she was working on. Among here many duties she deposits funds that are seized as evidence after the court has disposed of the case, if the cash is forfeited. She had several hundred dollars in currency that was headed to the bank in a recently-concluded narcotics case. Among the bills was a neatly-framed Fifty. Ulysses S. Grant was staring out from the black shadow box.

I guess drug dealers are entrepreneurs, too.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Handle that nasty dope cash with gloves and tweezers! The upside is that it'll help pay for the thousands and thousands of accident report forms LPD Officers will fill out this winter. Freezing rain is on the forecast for Thursday, so warm up those pens and prepare to start writing. Bring those merino wool socks and the polar-weight long underwear.

JIM J said...

I would like the professional opinion of yours, please.
When one is interviewed about a crime, do you recommend the interviewee talk to the police?
How about other officers reading this today. Opinions please.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they are. I lived next door to one a few years back. They didn't have a job but drove a brand new car, were always shopping, and had nice clothes. Well, to make a long story short, they don't have to go clothes shopping anymore, the state does it for them, their driving career has been put on hold, and their business is closed down. Law enforcement in this city has gotten much better at shutting down these businesses.

ARRRRG!!!! said...

My first treasure map.

Doublebanker said...

You don't see to many new businesses still framing the "first" dollar earned. I know if I get to start my dream business, a clean upscale bar/poolhall, I will definitely frame my first earned dollar.

If a legitimate business framed a $50 dollar bill, you would likely find it missing with the bad economy & peoples stick finger

Grundle said...

I thought drug dealers were all about the Benjamins...he must not sell the good stuff.

ARRRRG!!!! said...
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that's what she said...

@Jim J:

I would encourage anyone being questioned about a crime to be completely open and honest with the police without bothering those very busy defense attorneys. Especially if he/she is guilty.

Anonymous said...

What was BEHIND the framed Ben?