Motorists Scramble To Pick Up Flying Cash After Armored Vehicle's Door Flies Open On Atlanta Highway—But Police Say 'Not So Fast'
There are some dreams so unlikely that most people never even bother to hope for them.
Driving down the highway just as an armored truck's doors fly open, for instance.
In an incredible turn of events, that's exactly what happened on I-285 outside Atlanta, Georgia this past Tuesday night.
Police say about $100k was spilled onto the highway!
An armored truck's side door flew open while traveling on I-285 outside of Atlanta and covered the road the road in… https://t.co/xn9aKHmQtx— 102.5 WDVE (@102.5 WDVE)1562772184.0
A viral video captured the scene as people pulled over in the middle of the highway to grab as much cash as they could.
Dunwoody Police tell me it is possible well over $100,000 in cash covered 285 West last night after a door on an ar… https://t.co/0kQ2tWj9YP— Joe Henke (@Joe Henke)1562770464.0
Of course, the eager money-grabbers were causing a bit of a safety issue.
Please refrain from stopping along I-285 westbound at Ashford-Dunwoody Road to pick up the money that's sitting on… https://t.co/mIFzFg5bSO— North Perimeter Contractors, LLC (@North Perimeter Contractors, LLC)1562774745.0
Soooo you’re not going to pick up any!? https://t.co/GIOFWnl2jt— ♍ likeable asshole ♍ (@♍ likeable asshole ♍)1562726548.0
@shortii_D Correct. There’s no such thing as free money.— Attention Engineer (@Attention Engineer)1562727963.0
It turns out picking up the lost cash is technically a crime and the authorities are eager to track it down.
Imma just leave this right here... https://t.co/ctFZqruBdV— Attention Engineer (@Attention Engineer)1562738755.0
Dunwoody police tell me so far 2 people have returned money they picked up on 285 yesterday. One bag had approximat… https://t.co/bLM88iK7at— Joe Henke (@Joe Henke)1562775958.0
Of course, that wasn't going to stop many people from grabbing as much as they could.
Me thinking about all that damn money on I-285 I missed out on smfh https://t.co/RYHVTEH6zS— Mr. Bushido 🇭🇹 (@Mr. Bushido 🇭🇹)1562768182.0
Last night, I was NOT driving on 1-285 and free money was flying all over the highway. This morning, I WAS driving… https://t.co/FxzmzaPM36— the good girl (@the good girl)1562766699.0
Driving on the highway at the right time could be a very lucrative opportunity...
Waiting on an armored truck to have a mishap in my neck of the woods... https://t.co/EQHqgscFYj— Simby (@Simby)1562772257.0
If there were any justice in this world, these drivers would get to keep their lucky winnings.
yo 😭 let them keep it, they earned it https://t.co/SpIm1Sadxt— acab. (@acab.)1562776518.0
How would they possibly know who took what?! 🤔🤔🧐 https://t.co/Z8F9ZwqdFm— Jasmine (@Jasmine)1562776570.0
Many people on Twitter debated whether or not they'd turn in the money if given the opportunity.
An armored truck loses $175K on I-285. Would you return the money if you found it? @wsbtv results at 6:45— Dave Huddleston (he/him) (@Dave Huddleston (he/him))1562776149.0
@JoeHenke How can they be charged with theft when the money was out... on the ground, due to driver negligence? I say keep it.— Sarcasm, it's not just for breakfast anymore (@Sarcasm, it's not just for breakfast anymore)1562784055.0
Word has quickly spread of investigators searching for the bills they lost to the wind.
If you grabbed any of the money that spilled on I-285, you may want to return it ASAP. Dunwoody police investigator… https://t.co/B4UOdfVRNn— Atlanta Journal-Constitution (@Atlanta Journal-Constitution)1562762342.0
To the investigators hoping to get their lost money back, most drivers had only one thing to say:
@JoeHenke @randy10307 You'll want me to return the money? https://t.co/rbr1QdhfNn— Derenic Byrd (@Derenic Byrd)1562796081.0