Highway Cash Grab After Armoured Car Spills Contents
Motorists in Dunwoody, Atlanta, were treated to a reverse toll road on Wednesday.
Usually drivers would avoid spills on the road, but when an armoured truck’s door sprung open on Interstate 285, letting fly with piles of cash across the highway, a lot of people were pulling over to clean up.
Clean up the highway, of course. All those 50 and 100 bills really did spoil the picturesque roadside.
Check out all the Good Samaritans over here.
Dunwoody Police said an estimated US$175,000 (AU$250,000) spilled out of the truck, in what feels like a tale straight out of a primary school creative writing project.
Those sweet guys at GardaWorld, the ideal security company for people who don’t know how to spell “guard”, were making it rain and the good people of Atlanta were the beneficiaries.
But the police quickly posted on social media to remind people that far from being free money, keeping the cash would be considered “theft of lost or mislaid property”.
It’s literally highway robbery.
"The armored car crew said the side door came open while they were driving and money spilled out onto 285," Dunwoody Police said in a statement. "Officers and the truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars that was still there when officers arrived, but plenty was taken."
Of course the dashcam footage seen above was soon posted online, providing police with a good idea of the number plates of those sweeping up money.
"We have plenty of social media video, some of which seems to have tag numbers, to follow up on, but we really want people to come in, turn in the money and go on about their life without worrying about when the police are coming to find them," Sgt. Robert Parsons told CNN.
They promised that no-one handing the money back would be charged. And remarkably enough, thousands of dollars have come back in, with one man handing in $2100, and another $500.
See, Good Samaritans! And you thought I was joking. So cynical.