BISMARCK, N.D. – A Bismarck girl says that a boy, who is now chief of police of the Bismarck Police Department, asked her for more than four decades back.
Photo courtesy: Dan Donlin
The debt was for a dollar and Darlene Olmsted never appeared to forget. She would joke about it every time Chief Dan Donlin was on TV.
After 44 decades of due her a dollar, Donlin paid her back.
“Paying back you the 1 dollar you loaned me when I was 10 years old running around terrorizing your neighborhoods,” read Olmsted off a letter Donlin wrote.
She’s the mother of 3 boys who used to ride bike and play basketball over four decades ago.
Mark, her son, told Donlin.
“Decided it was time for me to cover that 1 dollar debt so I can save Kent, Monte and Mark the hassle of her bringing up this at every family gathering. It was more an act of pity for Mark and the brothers,” explained Donlin.
Olmsted recalls the day.
“He was on his bicycle and he arrived and he asked if he could have a dollar and I said sure. He took off and that wasn’t it. He did not understand why he had the dollar he said he probably purchased candies,” said Olmsted.
But there is another concept.
“Probably to pay off the neighborhood kid to not beat up me,” Olmsted reads the letter off.
Donlin paid her back while she was bowling in late October.
“We hugged and I told her why I was there and before I could really get out she moves this is about the dollar,” explained Donlin.
“He paid me. Yes, I will say PLUS curiosity,” explained Olmsted.
Along with the dollar and the letter, she obtained a $ 20 gift card and a badge .
We did the math and Donlin paid her twice in interest for his debt.
If a dollar is compounded at 5% for 44 decades, the whole sum owed would be $8.78.
Donlin says at the close of the day she deserved it all for putting him up and all the neighborhood kids.