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Oregon Couple Leaves Waitress Mysterious Envelope Marked With a Question Mark as a Tip -- What Was Inside Got Them Arrested


"What the?"

We’ve heard of lousy tips, we’ve heard of really generous tips and we’ve heard of tips left with a special message.

But we’ve never heard of anyone trying to tip their waitress with an envelope stuffed with drugs.

Ryan Bensen, 40, and Erica Manley, 37, were arrested earlier this month for trying to tip a waitress at the Twisted Fish Steakhouse in Oregon with an envelope marked with a question mark.

Inside the envelope: Methamphetamine.

Ryan Bensen (image source: KPTV-TV)

Erica Manley (image source: KPTV-TV)

The couple paid for dinner with a gift card, according to Gawker, and the meth was their idea of a nice gratuity.

Unfortunately for them, however, the waitress was not in the mood for their unorthodox gift.

"She was like, 'Whoa! What the?'" the restaurant’s manager told the Oregonian. "We're not a little dive bar or hole in the wall. We're a classy place."

The waitress rushed to the nearest phone and called the police.

"I think the waitress was stunned and probably offended that somebody would think she was a user of a methamphetamine," Seaside's Police Chief told the Daily News.

The Oregon couple was arrested before they even had a chance to leave the restaurant. The police caught them with an additional 17 ounces of meth hidden in Manley's purse.

But wait! That’s not all.

After booking the couple and obtaining a search warrant, local law enforcement officials discovered that the couple had been running a meth lab from their Holiday Inn hotel room.

“Benson was arrested on charges of possession of meth and manufacturing of meth. Manley was arrested on the same charges, plus delivery of meth. They were both booked into the Clatsop County Jail,” KPTV-TV reported.


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