An armored truck got into an accident in Hong Kong on Christmas Eve, spilling more than $4.5 million on a busy highway.
Drivers frantically got out of their cars to pick up the HK$500 banknotes, which amount to roughly $65 each.
One witness told the South China Morning Post everyone was just staring at the cash before one person made the first move, saying,
There were 20 or 30 people picking up cash from the road on Christmas Eve. They looked like schoolkids who knew they were being naughty, but thought, ’this is a once in a lifetime thing’. Everyone had the same look on their face.
So far, 30 people turned HK$5.69 million over to the police, who, on Thursday, caught two people keeping some of the cash in their homes.
They were arrested after police reviewed CCTV footage to determine the license plate of the taxi they jumped out of.
The armored vehicle, owned by security firm G4S, was carrying HK$270 million in total and lost HK$15.23 million in the accident in Wan Chai.
Bank of China hired the firm to deliver the cash and said G4S will cover the losses.
The three guards operating the vehicle decided to keep driving to G4S’s headquarters after the accident, only stopping when news outlets began reporting what happened.