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Published April 05, 2012, 06:51 PM

Moorhead waitress has $12K tip returned

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Just days after getting national media attention, a Moorhead waitress will be getting the biggest tip of her life more than 4 months after it was left at the Fryn' Pan Restaurant where she works.

Just days after getting national media attention, a Moorhead waitress will be getting the biggest tip of her life more than 4 months after it was left at the Fryn' Pan Restaurant where she works.

Tonight police and attorneys involved say it's a happy ending for everyone. but you won't believe some of the threats aimed at police.

It's not every day that a waitress of 18 years comes across a $12,000 tip. But that's exactly what happened to Stacy Knutson, a waitress at the Moorhead Fryn' Pan.

Craig Richie – Knutson’s Attorney: “She is a lady with 5 children, and a husband who has a job, they're struggling. She wanted to do the right thing, in her church, they were praying.”

She followed the customer out to her car, but claims the lady said "you keep it". The money was too much, so Knutson turned it over to police.

Lt. Tory Jacobson – Moorhead Police: “Upon recognizing that this money is suspicious of being involved with narcotics, our process is to do an administrative seizure process.”

The reaction wasn't pretty.

Michelle Lawson – Assistant Clay County Attorney: “They have received messages such as "I hope you die in the line of duty," okay, now that's crazy.”

Finally, a resolution. A judgement declaring the money is Knutson's.

Michelle Lawson: “It's not normal for us to come up with $12,000 that we can tie to drugs, but we can't tie to any drug dealer or any particular drug deal.”

So it goes to show, sometimes doing the right thing, can mean a whole lot more than just a pat on the back.

Craig Richie: “The respect that this lady would get this money to be able to help her in her time of need is a testament to the lord working in her life, and that's the story she wants you to hear.”

Richie did not charge any attorney fees.

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