Shemaine Bushnell Kyriakides
Whoever said it never rains in Southern California didn't expect a shower of money to rain down on a California highway.
Christmas came early for several motorists when thousands of banknotes began spouting out of an armored truck last Friday when its backdoor suddenly opened.
Drivers stopped their vehicles and ran to collect thousands of bills strewn across the highway. But the joy of motorists was short-lived when Highway patrolmen quickly arrived at the scene to restore order.
Two people were arrested at the scene, a man and a woman, who rushed to get as much cash as they could, but in their hurry, they were locked out of their vehicles, as a result of which they were blocked on the highway.
Videos posted on social media show drivers stopping their vehicles in the middle of the road and in the emergency lane and running down to collect handfuls of dollars. Some threw them in the air like confetti.
"Have you ever seen this? "What would you do?" said @Demibagby in a post on her Instagram account.
"There are a lot of videos showing people stealing money on the freeway by picking it up from the street," California Highway Chief of Police Curtis Martin told a news conference.
Police have warned that these videos will be used to locate those who did not return the illegally collected money. "It is better for them to be honest than to wait for someone to find them and knock on their door," said Chief Martin.