A CIT van dropped wads of cash on a California highway on Friday, prompting a rush of drivers wanting to take advantage of the windfall.
But the joy of motorists will have been short-lived, the police having quickly arrived on the scene to restore order, stopping in the process two people too greedy.
Some picked up greenbacks by handfuls
“There are a lot of videos of people stealing money on the freeway by picking it up off the ground,” said Sgt. Curtis Martin of the California Freeway Police.
The notes dropped from the truck, which amount to thousands of dollars in total, belong to the bank and must be handed over to a police station.
The jackpot was caused by the unexpected opening of an armored van door near San Diego, not far from the border with Mexico.
“Better to play the honesty card”
Videos posted on social media show people pulling up on the tracks and the emergency lane and scurrying down the road to pick up greenbacks by handfuls. Some even toss them in the air like confetti.
“Have you seen this before?” What would you do? », Launches @demibagby on his Instagram account.
The police warned that these videos would also be used to track down those who did not return the improperly collected money. “It is better for them that they play the card of honesty rather than to wait until one finds them and that one knocks on their door”, assured the sergeant Martin.
The police have already arrested a man and a woman on the spot who had rushed for the tickets but who, in their haste, had locked their vehicles from the outside, finding themselves stranded on the highway.