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Police said each of Beard's four children picked out $150 worth of presents. But they said Beard then returned some of those gifts and pocketed more than $100 in cash. But Beard tells a different story. She said when she pooled all the kids' gifts with those from other family members, there were duplicates. "We were getting ready to start wrapping them. We had seen two of the same Barbie dolls, two of the same little tractors," Beard said. So she said she returned some of the gits and got back about $160. She said she was going to use the money to buy her kids another gift -- a scooter. But she reported to police that her wallet was stolen in Louisville -- with $100 inside. She said the other $60 helped pay for the scooter. So she said she returned some of the gits and got back about $160. She said she was going to use the money to buy her kids another gift -- a scooter. But she reported to police that her wallet was stolen in Louisville -- with $100 inside. She said the other $60 helped pay for the scooter. Then came a knock at the door. It was the same cop who shopped with Beard's kids. "They then said, 'We have a warrant out for your arrest for theft by deception,' which blew me away. I was completely dumb founded," Beard said.
Originally posted by MCEXPRESS
reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
Well, I think it all depends on what she actually used the money for. If she did indeed use it on a gift for her children, then personally, I really see no problem with it. If she used any part of the money for anything regarding her own personal accord, well then that would be both immoral and illegal.
I think the main idea through this whole debacle is that the "shop with a cop" event was meant to be a benefit to the children. If the children wanted a different item for Christmas then I see it as acceptable to exchange those items for something else. It's all about bringing a little bit of joy to a child's life and trying to improve their current state and well being (even if only a little).
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by hotbakedtater
As far as I can tell the cop bought gifts for her children and she took them and got the cop's money.
I'm siding with the cops, arrest is ridiculous, but not out of the question irrational. I doubt she will be in jail long.
This is a lot coming from me too, because I really don't care for cops.
Originally posted by cycondra
Shop with a Cop, haha never thought i'd see those words on this site. I used to work for these programs, traveling to different cities all over the country calling and raising the donations for this specific program. And while i "worked" there the money went like this.
me - 20% of anything I raise
my boss - 10% of anything I raise
my boss's boss - 20% of anything I raise
The F.O.P gets 50% and in all my time doing it I never saw them using the money solely for the kids, it was usually more like buying a new grill for the lodges kitchen take the kids with whatevers left.
The program was usually set up to spend $120 per child, and there were many times we would raise over $100,000 and then a few weeks later watch the cops take 10 kids total shopping.
The woman returning the gifts is probably the last thing to get angry about regarding this program.