Fifteen-year-old Ashley Donaldson found $2,000 in an envelope near a Chase Bank. Instead of pocketing it, she did the right thing and turned it into the bank. Nobody claimed the money. So some folks assumed Donaldson would get to keep the money after all.
But the city of Dallas swooped in and kept the money for itself. They claimed they have some sort of new-fangled policy that allows them to
steal keep money that is turned in by honest citizens if the rightful owner never steps forward to claim it.
Unfortunately for Dallas, Texas law doesn’t allow government agencies to seize assets from honest, law-abiding citizens in this particular fashion.
The city is now backtracking after facing sharp criticism. An unscientific online poll by a north Texas television station shows that 99 percent of those participating say Donaldson should be able to keep the money.
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