Commuters in New Jersey were treated to an early Christmas present on Thursday morning as cash rained down from the sky across a highway in the state.
Bills of different denominations floated through the air between the snow in East Rutherford, New Jersey—near New York, after what appeared to be a traffic accident between a car and an armored vehicle carrying the money.
A video filmed from inside a bus posted to Twitter at roughly 8:30am local time showed dozens of drivers risking their lives to leave their cars and scoop up the cash.
Bus passengers in the video can be heard laughing as one exclaimed:
“This is super dangerous, everyone’s just out of their car picking up money.”
It is not clear how much money spilled into the road but local police said the incident caused multiple accidents.
One commuter, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Press Association:
“Commuters from both sides of Route 3 had abandoned their cars to run around collecting cash.”
“Cars would be driving around people crouched over picking up cash. One man heading east jumped out of an idling car and jumped the median.”
“Even people on the bus were jokingly asking to be let out.”
An armored vehicle from Brinks, a security company, can be seen at one end of the road.
East Rutherford Police and Brinks did not respond to requests for comment.
Don’t worry. Other people had plenty to say. Some saw only humor in the situation, but some shamed those who picked up money.
Merry Christmas @squagliozzi Try not to spend all that money I. One place ????
— Greg Packer (@greggoes) December 13, 2018
I would LOVE if this video ended with a shot of the motorists handing the money back to the Brinks driver. This is not money from Heaven. It is not an early Christmas. It is not your lucky day. The money belongs to someone and this is #Stealing. Shame on them! #DoTheRightThing
— Michelle Franck (@MichelleFranck) December 14, 2018
— ????????D.J (@Transcendent_6) December 13, 2018
Damn it i missed it!!
— yourstruly (@CountonNikkita) December 13, 2018
Santa put it there for all the good boys and girls to pick up.
— Bill King (@garak99) December 15, 2018
— Eugenio (@pizzaiola_boss) December 13, 2018
There was so much $$$
— daniel paiz (@swagzor) December 13, 2018
This is the Devils work . These people are stealing! The greed of money is real! Although I am in desperate need for money, I wouldn’t be getting out to take any of it. The lord is watching everyone involved.
— Jason (@Jason102692) December 14, 2018
— Sunil Sunder Raj (@SunilSunderRaj3) December 13, 2018
Agreed. It is stealing. Period.
— Dave Buzz (@DaBuzzkill) December 16, 2018
According to news reports, police said good Samaritans and Brinks employees recovered $205,375 of flying money while on the scene. Two bags—one with $140,000 and the other with $370,000—fell out of the back of the truck due to a malfunction in the door mechanism.
In an East Rutherford police statement they said:
“Five individuals either contacted the East Rutherford Police Department or another police agency, which led to the recovery of an additional $11,090.”
“As of this time, $293,535 is still missing.”