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Man’s Home Raided By Police For Paying Cash

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Of the many crimes that have been committed by governments against their citizens in their global war on cash (also here), perhaps this is the most bizarre. Here is the story

It all started one Saturday morning when Jarl Syvertsen, a 59-year-old disabled Norwegian man, purchased a PC, TVs, and washing machines for 80,000 kroner (roughly US$13,000) which he paid in cash. The store immediately alerted the police about the large cash payment. On Sunday a male and a female police officer appeared on Mr Syvertsen’s doorstep. Upon seeing them, Mr. Syvertsen at first feared that something may have happened to his mother, who is 86 years old and resides in a nursing home. But the police were there with a warrant to search his home, charging that the cash he had spent was money that “came from a criminal offense.” In fact, the money was actually part of an approximately one-million dollar advance on an inheritance he had received. Mr. Syvertsen attempted several times to explain to the officers where the money had come from and to show them a letter confirming that fact, but they would have none of it and proceeded to invade his home and his privacy. Eventually the police realized their error and left his home.

Although the police now admit that they investigated Mr. Syvertsen prior to the warrant being issued and found that he had never been implicated in any criminal activity, they insist that “there were reasonable grounds to suspect” criminal activity given the “sum of the information available,” that is,  the large cash payment. As Mr. Syvertsen points out, however, had the police waited until Monday, the matter could have been resolved “in a single phone call to the bank.” But the police are unrepentant and have the unmitigated gall to lecture law abiding citizens against carrying large sums of cash on their persons for their own safety–against private thugs, not police thugs of course. According to acting station commander Jarle Kolstad:

It is far safer to pay such large amounts [with] cards than to go with 80,000 [kroner] in cash on the body. Not because you risk getting the police at the door [really?], but because it is safer to use the cards. . . .

Mr Syvertsen’s reply to such self-serving nonsense?

It’s not stamped on my forehead that I have 80,000 [kroner] on the inside pocket, so I judge [it] as quite safe. Besides, I have previously experienced not [being able to] pay because payment terminals are down. Therefore, I chose to pay with cash, and there is no prohibition [against it] in Norwegian law. . . .

In the aftermath of this egregious home invasion, Mr. Syvertsen is suing the police for compensation. In the meantime, his experience with such lawless and arbitrary police conduct makes him feel unsafe in his own home and leaves him wondering “How low the threshold is supposed to be for police to intrude into private homes”? Well Mr. Syvertsen,as in the case of any government war against its own people (e.g., the War on Drugs, the War on Terror etc.) the threshold is very low indeed.

HT to Vegard Notnaes.

Joseph Salerno [send him mail] is academic vice president of the Mises Institute, chairman of the graduate program in economics at Pace University, and editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

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    • Andrew LB

      About a year ago a friends apartment was raided by police and after breaking into a large safe that she keeps valuables in, was charged with felony possession of a firearm (handgun) and drug trafficking because she had about $35k in cash in the safe… and NO drugs.
      The police never showed the warrant for the raid, and when given the inventory list of all confiscated items, only $10k in cash was listed… and amazingly it turned out the warrant was for her next door neighbors apartment and they raided hers by mistake. Instead of dropping all charges and begging for forgiveness, they still pursued the weapon charge even though it was an unlawful search.
      It took 6 months to get the gun charge dropped because the handgun was an old Colt revolver from the mid 1800′s, and is considered a “Relic/Curio”, and is completely legal for even a Felon to own.
      So in the end they stole her money, which was being saved to make a downpayment on a house. The reason behind keeping that much cash on hand? It was 2009 and was afraid of there being a run on the banks.

    • Anonymous

      The person in Norway should put a written sign on the back of his car , stating the shop name & the reason why this shop should be boycotted!
      I think that will have a better revenge & the Norwegians are not Americans! They are Vikings & if you piss off a Viking, watch out! :wink:

      • Buster

        i would have returned the items as defective. the end

    • Jonanthan Freeman

      What kind of store is that, you spend $13,000. on products they are offerings for sale and they call the cops on you.

    • patriot156

      OMFG I make cash payment all the time you can f off if you think I’m gona stop!
      Realising most people don’t pay with that large amount of money, could be deemed suspiscious, but for crap sakes people stop assuming everything suspiscious damn!!!!!!!
      Guess when we have a snitch society though it’s to be ecpected. 1984 becoming real. :twisted:

    • patriot156

      heck ya fight that NWO crap too.

    • Factory Farms FEAR the MooCow

      Go into a car dealership with pants down to ankles, bad breath with egg sandwich and talk slang and shove wads of $100 bills in their face about $50,000 all cash and tell them some moo stuff and you want to buy that junk GM :mrgreen: Caddi. See what they do.

      • Buster

        you can thank Rayful Edmonds for that $10k fed law.

    • hornyphil

      Not to nitpick, but if this story happened in Norway, why are they showing American cops?

    • Boffomet

      the Norwegians are going to have to beat back the Zionazis like everybody else in this frightened and faithful world.

    • Francis

      West Palm Beach police stole over 60k cash from a stripper I used to have relations with. Her boyfriend stole her safe & got pulled over with it in the back seat of his car. She had called the police to report the robbery & the police subsequently wouldn’t give her the 10k(-50k they pocketed) they reportedly found because her boyfriend had some drugs on him LOL Strippers make CASH & they robbed it!

    • resonator

      Well now everybody knows. Thanks be to acting station commander Jarle Bone Head Kolstad.

    • worldordernews

      i think it’s illegal to carry over $10,000 cash on you, welcome to AmeriKa

      • Dradien

        You’re a moron. Did you even read the story. Unless we switched from USD to NOK, it wasn’t in AmeriKa!

        Keep going though, ya big rebel.

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