Bob Lind, Published March 29 2011
Lind: Caught red-faced, but not red-handed
It comes from Del Tysdal of Glyndon, Minn.
Del writes he was 20 years old and working at Merchants National Bank’s parking ramp in downtown Fargo in 1964. His job was collecting parking fees.
One night his fiancée, Darlene, came to pick him up as he wound up his shift. So she was with him when he performed his last duty, that of putting the money from the till into a bag and placing the bag in the bank’s night deposit box.
But when he inserted the master key into the keyhole and turned it, the key snapped off.
Big problem. But Del figured out a solution. He saw the deposit box had six screws. So he’d use a screwdriver from the office to remove those screws, put the bag into the box and replace the screws.
With Darlene holding the deposit bag, Del started removing the screws, handing them to Darlene as he went along.
Except that after he’d taken out three screws, two police cars pulled up; apparently the police had been notified by a couple who had walked by. And there was Darlene with a money bag and three screws in her hand and Del trying to remove the other screws.
“We certainly looked guilty,” Del says.
Well, he explained to the police what he was doing and said they should call his boss, Don Brantner, to verify they weren’t crooks.
Don backed him up and Del and Darlene were off the hook, saved from becoming, as Del puts it, “the Bonnie and Clyde of Fargo.”
Adding to this happy ending is this: Del and Darlene were married the following year at Lysne Lutheran Church in Hawley, Minn. And they’re still married.
“I now pronounce you man and wife” from a pastor certainly is a nicer sentence than one handed down by a judge.
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