Editorial: Would you stop to grab flying cash?
Picture this scenario: You're driving down Highway 69 and suddenly see money flying through the air.
Do you stop, get out of your vehicle and try to grab what share of this cash you can catch? Or do you just keep driving, wondering where the heck that money came from?
This scenario was very real for drivers traveling on a highway in Maryland on Friday morning. According to an Associated Press story, an armored truck's door burst open and a bag of cash fell out, sending bills flying through the air - and, get this, a number of drivers actually stopped on the roadway and snatched what cash they could before a fire truck arrived with its emergency lights flashing.
Dangerous? Definitely. Stopping on highways should be limited to emergency situations only (a cash grab not being one of them).
Being from the South, I'm extremely familiar with bad drivers, and the Prescott area seems to also have its share. Combine bad drivers speeding down a roadway with flying money, and that sounds like an absolute disaster. Or a scene from an action movie, complete with a slow-motion sequence. I can picture it now.
But not only was stopping dangerous, taking the cash was a criminal offense. Local police are urging drivers who caught some of the windfall to return the money - or face charges of theft if they're found.
State troopers were able to help the truck's driver recover about $200, but authorities don't know how much money was lost ... or stolen, rather.
- Deanna Allen, web editor