Tips From Sheikhs Given To Lawyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Thousands of dollars in tip money for Blue Grass Airport employees from members of the ruling family of Dubai was handed over to a Lexington lawyer yesterday.

Lawyer William Bishop says he has NOT been directed what to do with the money, but he knows it isn't his.

Bishop retrieved three envelopes from the airport containing eight thousand dollars in cash and 19 unopened envelopes that airport officials thought also contained cash. The money and the envelopes were left by members of the Maktoum family for airport employees about a month ago as gratuities for providing security for United Arab Emirates planes parked at the airport.

The airport's legal counsel interpreted a state law to mean that it is illegal for airport public safety officers to accept tips while on the job at the airport.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Mr. Obvious Location: not in kentucky anymore on Oct 10, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    Charity, you're right, I did get my name from the Bob and Tom show. I quit using my old name Mr. Charity for obvious reasons. How are my 3 kids doing anyway? I dropped your child support off at the airport, stop by and they'll give it to you.
  • by Charity Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    I agree with some of you; give the money to Charity. Me and my 6 babies can use cuz my deadbeat husband(s) ain't no where to be found. Oh and Mr. Obvious; you got your name from the Bob and Tom radio show.
  • by Mr. Obvious Location: Kentucky on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:03 AM
    Since the money was given to the public safety officers at the airport, (here's how I got my name)why not use the money to bolster the public safety department at the airport? Almost too easy isn't it? Use the money to buy new security/safety equipment that will benefit everyone who uses the airport. The family who donated it wanted it to benefit these people, if they can't benefit personally, let them at least benefit from it professionally. Either that or give it back. I'm sure some politician already has plans for it though. Political think- I can just see it now, the camera pans and there I am on the stage with the orphans giving them envelopes full of money that I worked so hard to get for them...remember me in November.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 10, 2007 at 03:18 AM
    I think we should use the blood money for lighting at the air port
  • by Carol Location: KY on Oct 9, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    Really, if they gave the money to charity, it would be nice if they gave God the credit...and let the blessing fall where it may on those who received it. Also, notify those who initially gave it, to let them know that their funds are blessing others...Maybe a common ground as most folks like children, and maybe the trickle effect would continue to spread?
  • by Ponder Location: on the stump on Oct 9, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    For Pete's sake don't give it to a lawyer to hold! If they don't give it to whom it was intended for send it back to the Shiek. Don't you all dare give it to charity and then try and feel good about that. Charity has done nothing to deserve this!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Oct 9, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    Here's a tip, Sheiky, stay in the UAE.
  • by Anonymous Location: harrodsburg on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    give them the tip money not fair for the counel to keep it or give it back to the maktoum family.airport company should allow tip money
  • by Carol Location: KY on Oct 9, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    Perhaps the money could be donated to a worthwhile charity here in Kentucky--something to serve children or elderly in need....in the name of those who gave it. That seems to be a worthy thing to do with the money, and I'm sure it would be better than it being tied up forever trying to decide what to do with it.

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