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In a Donald Duck comic published in 1994 (possibly conceived up to a few years prior, and possibly "set" in the 1950s), Donald Duck is forced to become an errand boy. The boss gives him a briefcase with handcuffs attached to the handle and locks the other end to the wrist of Donald. Supposedly, the purpose is for it to not get lost/stolen on the way to the customer. (Although it's not explained at all in the comic.)

  1. Was (or is) this actually done in real life? Nothing about the episode suggests that this is made-up for the Duck universe; it's handled at something obvious and "everyday".
  2. If this was real, how did they actually deliver the briefcase to the customer once they arrived at the destination? Donald did not get any key to the handcuffs, and if he had been given them, the point of attaching him to the briefcase would be lost.

It seems like a feasible security measure to me, but I don't understand the practicality of separately delivering the key. (If that was done.)

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    handcuff briefcase straight dope reddit Smithsonian (The Smithsonian link and the discussion of Operation Mincemeat are probably the best references) – Mark C. Wallace Sep 21 at 16:50
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    Handcuff keys are not unique to a particular set of cuffs... – DJohnM Sep 21 at 19:12
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    @DJohnM: That is an implementation detail, for the convenience of cops. If you were using a briefcase that was lockable to a courier's wrist, you would of course use a different method, with keys (or combinations) held by the sender & receiver. (As a practical matter, when I used to travel for work, I would regularly lock my laptop to a bracket in my car, so it's not inherently impractical.) – jamesqf Sep 22 at 16:57

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