Finders keepers, losers weepers?
Police in New Jersey say that’s not the case for multiple people who risked their own lives and the lives of others to run out onto a busy highway to snatch up bills that flew out of an unsecured Brinks truck Thursday morning.
It all started on Route 3 in East Rutherford, several miles outside New York City, when one of the doors on an armored truck opened and scattered numerous $1, $5, $20, and $100 bills across the roadway, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Incredibly, with traffic still moving at a high rate of speed, one of the Brinks employees ran across multiple lanes of the highway and began picking up the cash by hand. And then things got even more dangerous.
Video footage of the incident showed numerous vehicles stopping in the middle of the road as drivers and passengers leaped out to collect the money for themselves. Not surprisingly, several crashes occurred as a result.
Bystanders expressed astonishment as motorists ran in front of trucks just for a chance at some extra spending money.
“This is just super dangerous,” commented one woman, according to NJ.com. “Everybody’s just out of their car picking up money.”
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Even though the attitude of some of the money-grabbers was jovial, police aren’t treating their actions as a laughing matter. They’re asking people to turn the money in and are threatening to charge the people who don’t — if they can identify them from the multiple cellphone videos of the incident.
"It would be like theft of mislaid goods," East Rutherford Police Capt. Phil Taormina said, according to NorthJersey.com. "The truck was parked on the shoulder and two armed guards, Brink's employees, were trying to gather the money."
Because it was so obvious where the money came from, the people who picked it up “have a duty to give the money over," Taormina explained.
The amount of money lost had not yet been determined early Thursday afternoon. As for how the money escaped in the first place, a malfunctioning locking device on the Brinks truck’s door was initially blamed.