The biggest threat to private property you've never even heard of
July 29, 2014
Suppose you decide to buy a used car from a guy on Craigslist. You've found the car you want, and you're going to buy it outright. It's only $4,000, and you decide to pay cash because it will be more convenient for both of you.
So, on the day of the sale, you get the money and go to purchase the car. On the way there, you roll through a stop sign. Bad luck-a cop saw you. He pulls you over, and while he's writing up a ticket, catches a glimpse of your bank envelope in the passenger seat. Suddenly, he asks to search your car. You don't have anything to hide, so what's the harm, right? The next thing you know, the officer is thumbing through your twenties. He grills you on why you're carrying this much cash. It's suspicious, he says. A check would have been easier if you're really just buying a car. "I'm going to have to confiscate this," he finally concludes. You immediately protest: "On what charge? Am I being arrested? Can I call my lawyer?"