If You're Unhappy the City Kept $2,000 Girl Turned In, You're Not Alone. Right, Mr. Mayor?

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Ashley Donaldson discovered that it doesn't always pay to be honest. Will the city make it right?
Speaking of getting city officials' responses to WFAA-Channel 8 stories ...

Maybe you saw the story last night about 15-year-old Ashley Donaldson, who found $2,000 stuffed into an envelope and, though her family sure could use the bread, did the right thing and turned it in. According to Ashley, she took it to a nearby Chase branch and was told she'd get the money back if no one showed up to claim it. Three months later, despite the best efforts of Chase and the Dallas Police Department, no one did.

So Ashley thought she'd get the money. Unh-unh. Right now, at least, it's going to the city of Dallas's general fund, per a recently put-in-place policy, according to Dallas PD spokesman Senior Corporal Kevin Janse, who told Craig Civale, "It's not going to be wasted, but put to good use for the city of Dallas."

So I called City Hall to see what policy that might be -- especially since Ashley's story is this close to going national. Turns out, city officials are trying to see what policy Janse's referring to.

City Manager Mary Suhm tells Unfair Park, "We're working on seeing what our responsibilities in the matter are and trying to resolve it." She says to check back later today, when she hopes to have a better explanation and, just maybe, a resolution.

And Chris Heinbaugh in Mayor Dwaine Caraway's office just sent a lengthy statement from the mayor, who says, in part, "I saw the story and like everyone else, I was very proud of her and very sympathetic as well. This young lady could have kept her mouth shut and kept this money, but instead she did the right thing."

He wants the money to go back to Ashley. But can it? Should it? Will it? He explains why on the other side, where you'll also find the full account from Channel 8. Updates forthcoming. Now jump, but leave the money where you found it.

Here's Mayor Dwaine Caraway's full statement:
I saw the story and like everyone else, I was very proud of her and very sympathetic as well. This young lady could have kept her mouth shut and kept this money, but instead she did the right thing.

Clearly, there are policies in place on how to handle money like this, and the City Manager is looking into those policies to see exactly what they are, where they come from and if they allow us other options on how to handle lost and found money. I also think once we get those answers, we need to take a closer look to make sure that the policy makes sense.

When someone finds money we recognize that whoever lost it may really need that money, and it's important we make every effort to find the rightful owner. If we aren't able to do that, we should put those funds back in the hands of the person who was honest enough to turn it in to begin with.

But we also may have a situation where the amount of money is really large and could likely be drug money. Should that be handled the same way? Those are some of the things I think we need to know more about and understand.

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Edward Phillps
Edward Phillps

Greedy PIGS! Never trust the PIG cops NEVER! They are the ENEMY!

DANNY BOLLINGER
DANNY BOLLINGER

It's interesting "How do the right thing" is applied in this world.

Sarah
Sarah

What a wonderful message of "politically correct" integrity the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Dept.is sending us. Since the elected officials are trying to find a way of keeping the money, it makes me wonder if any of them would have turned the money in if they had found it.   Guys, you better back peddling fast before you are found out for what you really are. Try some double talk on us- we just might believe it.  

Angel9138
Angel9138

First the official in City of Dallas Suck/ This another way to make money .Who going to use this money. They going to use this money for cover the debt that this city has. Is like the lottery. ON the back of the tickects said. We support the education in Texas/bushit. Why is to many teacher out of his job. Went you purchase a tickect. For every 1 of 3,750,000.00 one person winn.Multiply that amount by $5. You see how much money the Lotto get. Is a REAL RIP OFF. BUT GOD IT GREAT. THIS MORNING THE SAME GIRLS RECEIVE.$3100.00 FROM THE GOOD PEOPLE OF TEXAS..I WONDER WHO WAS THE STUPID IDIOT THAT WRITO THIS RULE .NOW WE KNOW . IF YOU FOUND MONEY KEEP IT. OR WAIT UNTIL SOME ONE ASK FOR IT. KEEP ITFOR 3 MONTHS. AFTER THAT IS MY MONEY. THE HELL WITH THE CITY OF DALLAS.

pak152
pak152

"But we also may have a situation where the amount of money is reallylarge and could likely be drug money."

so what if it is drug money? is this just a way for the city to keep the money? com'on Mayor man up! stop looking for a loophole and return the money to the girl. the city will get their cut when she spends the money inside the city limits via sales taxes

Tschnyer
Tschnyer

This is such idiocracy! You know thats why people why people who have done good things before don't because of stupid things l;ike this. I know if I ever get lucky enough to find two thousand dollars it will buy clothes for my kids and food for the table. Thats bs!!

fred
fred

I'm sorry but if I found the money and turned it in I wouldn't expect that it would be given back to me.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Maybe Half Term Tom will twitter some wisdom as to how best handle this situation. He is a "man of business" after all.

Casiepierce
Casiepierce

And now that our budget crisis has been resolved.....

gabbahey
gabbahey

Note to self: This should serve as a benchmark for the integrity of the DPD, and Dallas City Hall.

dertymindz
dertymindz

Come on guys! She obviously set this up knowing that the City would take the money and then she would go to the Media and then dupe the sympathetic citizenry out of more money than was in the envelope to begin with. You guys sure are easy pickins...

AET
AET

Dont worry Ashley God is proud of you and in your honestly another sleazy mayor of Dallas' true colors are exposed. Only a low life selfish adult would steal money from a little girl like that and call it "drug money"

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

First of all...she should have kept the money and not say anything. Screw honesty.Second, and i quote, "the City Manager is looking into those policies to see exactly what they are, where they come from and if they allow us other options on how to handle lost and found money" By the time is all said and done, we will spend more money analyzing this issue. So her honesty is actually costing us a lot of money due to the usual red tape.

Kids, honesty does not always pay up. Next time just stay quiet and run away with the darn envelope.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

Ring Ring.. Ms. Suhm, line one- Oprah Winfrey would like to speak with you. LOL!

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

Caraways is right, If the gangbanger had pulled up his pants, the envelope would not have fallen out of his pocket, the money rightfully belongs to criminals, er, I mean city hall...same dif.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Maybe I was too hard on carraway initially, maybe he just made a mistake and assumed an envelope full of money was a left over evidence from the Don Hill trial. That money aint gonna walk around by itself you know.

AET
AET

Ashley learned at great public lesson about what happens when you do the right thing in the City of Dallas, you get the reward of good deeds stolen and used for drug money... why else would he bring it up?!?... Sorry Ashley, any other City in the great USA would have given you the money back and made a success story out of it. Our Current mayor prefers to make it about drugs instead

Carawayisadouche.
Carawayisadouche.

Why is a large sum often attributed to "drug money" at some point? People watch too much TV. Any business owner/manager related to a cash heavy business has probably had more access to large sums of cash than any ten jerk-offs in the "dope game." Lulz

AET
AET

The City of Dallas lines the pockets of the corrupt and has yet to spend any $$ to better its own residents! They break down mom and pop business of Deep Ellum Dallas to keep control and then drive through in the expensive cars our money bought them to look down at the loss in the local economy b/c of their selfish actions. Its the the way of Dallas, and it must be exposed before every indie business is pushed out.

Margiesisk
Margiesisk

If she only knew to turn it in to ANY county OTHER than Dallas co., It would of been returned to her! I think it Really Sucks!

Retro Gurl
Retro Gurl

This kid did the right thing, even though her family could clearly use a break. I hope there's hell to pay if the city does not do the right thing by her.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

If anyone knows that it doesn't pay to be honest it is the folks that surround Carraway.

Perhaps if this girl would have killed some dogs, she would be given the money AND a key to the city.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

The City of Dallas seems like one of those made up, really corrupt, evil governments that is sometimes portrayed in movies--- except it's real.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

So Caraway has the balls to not only roll back ethics policies to make kickbacks easier but he also decides to cut right to the chase and steal $2,000 from a good samaritan (with Suhm driving the getaway car no less). This asshole can't be out of office soon enough for me.

Cardosoginny
Cardosoginny

what a low blow DALLAS!!!!! just let the family have it... geezz its only a pocket money for dallas. why doesnt the city just say they will give it to them as charity???? at least give her some reward??? free tix to the mavericks game!!!

cheapoldgeezer
cheapoldgeezer

Common Law applies here: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers.

Jack Shelton
Jack Shelton

I think that if the city decides to keep the money we should start a fund for Ashley to get her the money she deserves. I'll put the first $20 in the fund to get it started.

DallasPro

Guest
Guest

I can see why the city would think they should get to keep the money. City Council members have been taking envelopes full of cash from people for a long time.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Remember folks...May 14th and we'll be rid of the worst interim mayor in this cities history. Heres hoping the new mayor will assist in rightfully placing the money in this young ladies hands...

gabbahey
gabbahey

Looks like the city is the one being dishonest here.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I'm pretty sure that's Archie's money. He gave it to Arthur to hold, but he misplaced it after they had that fight over the football game.

Montemalone
Montemalone

He's just afraid they'll find his prints on it.

say what
say what

I found a watch at a public facility once. I called their office to report it and they said bring it in. I said awwww heyyyyl no.

I instead left them my number in case someone called and asked about a lost watch being found.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

That's reasonable if the expectation had not been set that if the money wasn't claimed she would be able to claim it herself, but if that is what the policy was at the time of return then anything less is bullshit.

Lbcitycycle
Lbcitycycle

Thats not true at all... Every other city out there is just as corrupt as the next.. They are all in it for there own and now the people just like you have seen with the last 4 Dallas Mayors... they are all crooks and thats the way its always going to be untill we stand up and stop them

Rico
Rico

According to the linked WFAA story, News 8 at 5:00 tonight will give details about a fund that has been established.

Buckeye
Buckeye

I like it. She'd get ten times that much. Now I'm hoping dallas doesn't give the money back.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

We should know what the city is going to do around 4:30.

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