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->''"Members of the jury, an Englishman's freezer is his castle..."''
-->-- '''Horace Rumpole''', ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey''

Cold Cash refers to people using the refrigerator or freezer as a place to store valuables, usually cash. Compare and contrast EmptyFridgeEmptyLife.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Parodied in a [[Creator/CarlBarks Scrooge]] [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse McDuck]] comic where Uncle Scrooge fills his vault with refrigerators filled with his cash because fridges are the last place robbers look. He apparently didn't realize that many burglars also like to take some late-night snack when they're at it.
* In the Violent Tendencies storyline of the ComicBook/RobinSeries, Robin, Spoiler and Violet are lead by the Penguin to a fish processing place with the money hidden under the ice. It's fake, but Violet tries to steal it anyway, until they're ambushed by the Korean Mafia.


[[folder: Film ]]

%%* ''Film/{{Shaft}}''
* ''Film/CoyoteUgly''. Violet's best friend tosses a roll of cash into her freezer in case of emergency... and even that is cleaned out after robbers ransack the apartment.
* Apparently done in the ''Film/ConfessionsOfAShopaholic'' movie... the trailer shows the main character pulling her credit card out of the freezer, where she's stored it in a block of ice to try and prevent herself from actually using it, although this is also seriously recommended by financial recovery sites as a method for reducing credit card use.
* The Creator/WhoopiGoldberg movie ''Film/{{Burglar}}'' has her robbing someone's apartment, as a thief-for-hire, looking for jewelry belonging to the woman who hired her. The loot is discovered inside boxes of frozen foods hidden in the freezer.
* In ''Film/UptownGirls'', one of the first scenes features Molly Gunn taking money from her freezer before going to a party. In her case, is to show both how rich and how much of a [[BrainlessBeauty airhead]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} disconnected from reality]] she used to be.
* The 2006 film ''Film/TheSentinel'' has Creator/MichaelDouglas as a framed Secret Service agent who finds a foreign operative who is part of the conspiracy, and when doing a search of his apartment, rips the magnetic seal around the refrigerator door and finds fake passports and bricks of cash inside the door.
* In the Wim Wenders movie ''Film/{{Until the End of the World}}'' (1991), the main character, Claire Tourneur, uses a futuristic looking fridge to stash the bills bank robbers gave her for transporting their loot into Paris.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Variation: In one of the ''Literature/AnastasiaKrupnik'' books, it's revealed that Anastasia's father keeps his manuscripts-in-progress in the crisper, in case the house burns down.
* One ''Literature/TalesOfTheUnexpected'' short story had a couple hide a diamond in the ice tray, but a burglar found it anyway. [[spoiler:Turns out he'd helped himself to a drink and swallowed it.]]
* In the ''Literature/SouthernSistersMysteries'', Patricia Anne keeps her silver flatware in the freezer, and to foil thieves who know about the valuables-in-the-freezer trick, she keeps it in the pull-out drawer under the peaches and blueberries, in a heavy freezer-paper wrapping with "shrimp" written on it. Fred still thinks this is a bad place to keep it.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a hitman hiding his payoff money inside his fridge. Detectives easily find it because he put it in a box of ''corn flakes'', and remark he was only "half-right" about the hiding-valuables-in-the-fridge trick.
* In the online segment "Ask a Spy" from ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael reveals that hiding valuables in the freezer isn't a good idea because professional thieves will find the loot easily.
* Almost subverted in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Colonel Mayborne is strongarmed by Jack O'Neill into revealing some top secret information that is stored on Mayborne's computer. The only way that Mayborne can start up his computer without it setting off a booby-trap and frying itself is to insert a special floppy disk into the drive. Where does he keep the disk? In the tiny gap between the fridge and freezer sections of his fridge-freezer, rather than in the deep freeze altogether.
* Gloriously lampshaded in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' when their house was robbed. When Blanche discovered her jewels missing from their hiding place in the flour, Dorothy tells her everyone hides their valuables in the flour and the freezer.
-->'''Blanche''' The freezer's my other hiding place.\\
'''Dorothy''' It's everybody's. The robbers know that. They don't even open drawers anymore.
** At the end of the episode, it's discovered that the jewels were actually hidden in the freezer which was the one place the robbers did '''NOT''' look.
* From Creator/MontyPython's "The MoneySong":
-->I've got ninety-thousand Pounds in my pajamas,\\
I've got forty-thousand French Francs in my fridge...
* The "freezing room" in ''Series/EstateOfPanic'', including a deep freeze with ice cream bars that had money hidden in them.
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': 'Liability' Finch keeps his entire stash hidden in his freezer.
* In ''Series/ModernFamily'', Luke keeps his money in the freezer after hearing about [[LiteralMinded frozen assets]].
* ''Series/ElleryQueen'': In "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs", a search of the Queens' apartment fails to find the files the searchers were looking for because Ellery had absent-mindedly placed them in the refrigerator.
* An episode of ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' opens with the police finding Georgian silver tableware in a fence's freezer, hidden in bags of frozen peas. Cut to Rumpole beginning his closing argument:
-->'''Rumpole''': Members of the jury, an Englishman's freezer is his castle...
* The first episode of ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'' shows Belle going through her routine when she meets with a client. She first takes his payment, checks it for counterfeit money while on the phone with her agent, and then stashes it in her freezer before she progresses with the encounter.
* ''Series/DCIBanks'': In "The Buried", Banks and his team are searching a suspect's flat and find a bag of cash hidden in the freezer. Banks makes a joke about 'frozen assets'.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "My Brother's Keeper'', Lucien is musing that one of the confusing things about the case is that no one can work out where the money from the sale of the farm went. Jean remarks offhandedly that she knows where she would hide a large sum of money. The next scene has Lucien sneaking into a suspect's house and finding the cash in a biscuit tin at the bottom of the deep freeze.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Always a Thief", a thief hides a BriefcaseFullOfMoney in the deep freeze of the restaurant where the murder occurred. When Dennis Stanton catches him retrieving it, he makes the obligatory 'frozen assets' joke.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Variant: In ''Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches'', the key to the study (in which some items of value can be found) is hidden in the refrigerator.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'': One Crook Of The Week hid the ledger of his crimes in the freezer. In the fishsticks box.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', robbers looking for the resident GadgeteerGenius's latest invention crack into his safe, and find his lunch. Reasoning that the inventor's a little absent minded, they look in the fridge and sure enough, the invention is in there.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episode "Scared A Lot In Camelot": Shaggy has an Uncle who once hid a jewel inside a refrigerator. [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Shaggy's Uncle indeed.]]
** In a Franchise/ScoobyDoo series, another uncle hid a full cache of jewels. And that's not the only evidence he's Shaggy's Uncle. He's also "allergical" to ghosts.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers'', Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy find a diamond and the first clue to the Beauregard plantation treasure in the freezer. The clue explicitly states that Shaggy's uncle put it there for him to find, taking his nephew's BigEater habits into account.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': In the Picayune Pot story arc, Boris Badenov (as gangster Baby Face Braunschweiger) hides out with stolen money in what he thinks is a regular building but is actually an ice factory. Rocky makes two blocks of ice come out--one with Baby Face, the other with the bank money.
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' Well, whaddayaknow. [[IncrediblyLamePun Frozen assets!]]


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Rep. William Jefferson had $90,000 stored in a freezer in his home. Found in August 2005, during a bribery investigation.
* Once there was a burglar who found some rolls of quarters in someone's freezer and stole them. He then spent the quarters, while they were still cold, at a nearby convenience store. When the police found out about this incident, they naturally considered it suspicious, and that is why this burglar was caught.