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Man reports police for 'too low' finders-fee

Man reports police for 'too low' finders-fee

Published: 07 Aug 2012 13:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Aug 2012 13:59 GMT+02:00

The man found the bicycle on a Saturday and wanted to bring it in to the station immediately. However, as it was a bank holiday and the lost property office at the local police station was closed, he had to bring the bike home with him and return at a later date.

The man then brought in the bicycle a few days later, queued for some 40 minutes, and was then able to hand in the bike.

When the bicycle was subsequently claimed by its rightful owner, officers sent the man a notice that he could come to the station to get his finders-fee, which had been estimated to 40 kronor ($6).

The man was not happy with this as the police website claims that the finders-fee should make up some 10 percent of the object’s market value.

According to the man, estimating the value of the bicycle – which he claims could only have been two or three years old - to 400 kronor is wrong, when a new cycle from the same manufacturer costs 5,000-6,000 kronor in the shop.

“To underestimate the value of people’s time in this manner is risking decreasing the rate of solving cases. Many (myself included) will leave bikes lying in a ditch rather than turn them in if the finders-fee isn’t more substantial than this,” the man wrote in his report.

When the man complained to the police, his request for a more substantial finders-fee was turned down. Hence, the man has now reported the police to the Ombudsmen for Justice in parliament.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:56 August 7, 2012 by hjoian
Sad when people expect to get paid to do the right thing. Never even knew there was a finders fee, interesting concept.......but look what it leads to!
15:02 August 7, 2012 by Osk
That's money orientated Swedes for you...
15:29 August 7, 2012 by nolikegohome
if it was me i would take the bike to the cops for free and refuse any reward. or ask the cops to donate the reward to some charity. Some ppl are just not brought up that way even if they happen to live in a money oriented society.
20:28 August 7, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
As a former first responder(trained at no cost to myself),I take pride and joy in helping out people with what I've been given in the way of training.

Call it karma

Call it just doing the right thing with your skills.

It's the right thing to do,especially when it's easy.

Next time,leave the bike in or by the police station with a note and walk away!

So many grubbers in sweden these days.
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