Man Has Home Ransacked by Police for Paying Cash

Of the many crimes that have been committed by governments against their citizens in their global war on cash (also here), perhaps this is the most bizarre. Here is the story

It all started one Saturday morning when Jarl Syvertsen, a 59-year-old disabled Norwegian man, purchased a PC, TVs, and washing machines for 80,000 kroner (roughly US$13,000) which he paid in cash. The store immediately alerted the police about the large cash payment. On Sunday a male and a female police officer appeared on Mr Syvertsen’s doorstep. Upon seeing them, Mr. Syvertsen at first feared that something may have happened to his mother, who is 86 years old and resides in a nursing home. But the police were there with a warrant to search his home, charging that the cash he had spent was money that “came from a criminal offense.” In fact, the money was actually part of an approximately one-million dollar advance on an inheritance he had received. Mr. Syvertsen attempted several times to explain to the officers where the money had come from and to show them a letter confirming that fact, but they would have none of it and proceeded to invade his home and his privacy. Eventually the police realized their error and left his home.

Although the police now admit that they investigated Mr. Syvertsen prior to the warrant being issued and found that he had never been implicated in any criminal activity, they insist that “there were reasonable grounds to suspect” criminal activity given the “sum of the information available,” that is,  the large cash payment. As Mr. Syvertsen points out, however, had the police waited until Monday, the matter could have been resolved “in a single phone call to the bank.” But the police are unrepentant and have the unmitigated gall to lecture law abiding citizens against carrying large sums of cash on their persons for their own safety–against private thugs, not police thugs of course. According to acting station commander Jarle Kolstad:

It is far safer to pay such large amounts [with] cards than to go with 80,000 [kroner] in cash on the body. Not because you risk getting the police at the door [really?], but because it is safer to use the cards. . . .

Mr Syvertsen’s reply to such self-serving nonsense?

It’s not stamped on my forehead that I have 80,000 [kroner] on the inside pocket, so I judge [it] as quite safe. Besides, I have previously experienced not [being able to] pay because payment terminals are down. Therefore, I chose to pay with cash, and there is no prohibition [against it] in Norwegian law. . . .

In the aftermath of this egregious home invasion, Mr. Syvertsen is suing the police for compensation. In the meantime, his experience with such lawless and arbitrary police conduct makes him feel unsafe in his own home and leaves him wondering “How low the threshold is supposed to be for police to intrude into private homes”? Well Mr. Syvertsen,as in the case of any government war against its own people (e.g., the War on Drugs, the War on Terror etc.) the threshold is very low indeed.

HT to Vegard Notnaes.


  1. If that has happened in the US, and he used US dollars to pay, he would deserve what he got and more for passing phoney money.

  2. Norwegian police is great! It’s nothing but a tool for the government to oppress the subjects. When a mad terrorist blows up a bomb in Oslo and goes to an island to shoot dozens of teenagers (mostly children of members of the reigning political party), the Norwegian police have no guns, no helicopters and no clue. When they try to transport themselves to the island (in an inland lake) the boat collapses. The terrorist himself calls the police on phone in order to capitulate, but doesn’t get any contact, so he keeps on murdering for a while longer. Norwegian justice is to attack those who create, and to let the madmen run amok.

    To all criminals: Go to Norway! It’s heaven for you.

    • I would like to add that the Utoya terror act in Norway was proportionally smaller than 9/11, with respect to population Norway/US. But the Norwegians dealt with it in a secure and open way, according to the existing laws. Human rigts were not abolished. Wars were not started. They just took care of that sick criminal according to established routines. The Norwegian court system is admirable.

  3. What happened to Mr.Syversten in Norway will happen,in the future,more frequently in America. America has turned into an economic police state. Property rights are long gone. Americans do not own the fruits of their labor. The state,thru the IRS,allows you to keep as much as those fruits as they want you to. In essence the government can tax you at 100% and send you a welfare check to live on. Without property rights there are no rights. Today,the average American has the status of a serf. Thanks to the Income Tax,Fiat Currency,Social Security numbering,W2,W4,1040 and 1099 forms you have “volunteered” to give up any claim on what you earn. Eventually, in the near future,Americans will be forced to have to “volunteer” to have a tiny scanned microchip implanted on their person. Without those chips you will not be able to buy,sell,trade or work. Every economic action on your part will be noted and recorded. In this future cashless society if the state thinks that you haven’t “paid your fair share” of taxes they will deduct the amount they think you should pay from your bank account. This has just recently occurred in Cyprus. It will be total economic control by the political class over the productive economic class.There will be no need for accountants or tax filing because the political class will take whatever it wants. Of course the only answer,for liberty minded people, is a complete dismantlement of the system. I’m afraid that we will not see this happening in my lifetime. This is because the political class out numbers and therefore out votes the economic class. What has occurred in America is mob rule democracy at its apex. It is what happens when you put the envy and coveting of socialism into practice. For a once great nation such as America this is surely a sad pity.

  4. Despite what some people may say, and I won’t name names, cash is still the most anonymous means of transacting. Which is precisely why this poor individual was harassed.

    Also, shame on the busy-body shop clerk that phoned the police.

    • Maybe not. There may be a law about having to tell on people performing large cash-based transactions (as long as these people are not politicians I reckon).

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