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Meth-Cooking Couple Busted in Oregon For Leaving Waitress Surprise Tip

| by Allison Geller

An Oregon couple gave their waitress an unusual tip for serving them dinner and drinks at a Seaside steakhouse: an envelope labeled with a question mark and filled with meth.

“She was like ‘Whoa -- what the …?’” Twisted Fish Steakhouse manager Steve Keszler told Oregon Live of the waitress’s reaction. “We’re not a little dive bar or hole in the wall. We’re a classy place.”

The server kept her cool and called the police. The cops busted Ryan Bensen, 40, and Erica Manley, 37, who were still enjoying their drinks when the authorities arrived, finding an additional 17 ounces of methamphetamine in Manley’s purse.

“While I should be shocked and surprised, it’s just another example of how dumb these users and dealers are,” said Seaside Police chief Robert Gross. “The whole thing almost made me chuckle.”

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“I think the waitress was stunned and probably offended that somebody would think she was a user of a methamphetamine,” he told the New York Daily News.

Gross commended the waitress for calling the cops and doing her part to stop the spread of meth in Seaside, a small town 80 miles outside of Portland.

After obtaining a search warrant the police took a gander at the couple’s room in a nearby Holiday Inn Express—and found a makeshift meth lab, complete with a small torch, batteries, and other supplies.

Both suspects were arrested on charges of possessing, manufacturing, and delivering meth.

Sources: Oregon Live, New York Daily News