Oregon Couple Tip Waitress With Crystal Meth

Cops then find meth lab in their Holiday Inn room

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2014 1:06 AM CST

(Newser) – After dinner and drinks Thursday at a steakhouse in Seaside, Ore., a cash-light couple tried to tip their server with some of what they'd been cooking—crystal meth. After paying their tab with a gift card, the pair handed the waitress an envelope marked with a question mark containing a stash of the drug. "She was like 'Whoa—what the …?'" the restaurant's manager tells the Oregonian. "We’re not a little dive bar or hole in the wall. We’re a classy place."

The waitress called police, who arrived to find the couple still at the steakhouse, and discovered 17 ounces of the drug in the woman's purse. After obtaining a search warrant, cops found a meth lab in the couple's room at the Holiday Inn. "While I should be shocked and surprised, it’s just another example of how dumb these users and dealers are," the local police chief says. "The whole thing almost made me chuckle."

Erica Manley, 37, and Ryan Bensen, 40, were busted after the waitress called 911.
Erica Manley, 37, and Ryan Bensen, 40, were busted after the waitress called 911.   (Clatsop County Jail)
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