Spain: Payday comes early after thousands in cash explode from car
Traffic on a busy highway was stopped after drivers were struck by rather unusual weather – “money out of banknotes” went.
Payday came early for Costa del Sol motorists who drank coffee and honked their cars after a car crash sent countless 50 euro notes flying into the air.
The “rain of banknotes” occurred yesterday morning following a car accident on the A7 motorway towards Cadiz near the La Cañada shopping center in Marbella, Malaga, police said.
The collision involved two drivers carrying €20,000 in €50 banknotes in a bag, causing the bag to fly out the window and spill its contents onto the pavement.
Passengers stopped to put as much cash as they could into the glove boxes of their cars, resulting in a severe traffic jam around 11:30.
The footage shows several cars pulling up to the motorway as drivers run after the money, a good excuse to be late for work.
According to the Spanish social network SocialDrive, one bus passenger pocketed more than 500 euros in 50 euro banknotes.
People, this time, wish they were stuck in traffic.
“I wish all the traffic I got in was because the car in front of me was throwing stacks of 50 bills out the window,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another joked, “If movies have taught me anything, it’s that if that happens, the money is likely to explode.”
A third user said, “The only thing I see on the road is idiots who don’t know how to use the indicator.”
According to the southern Spanish news agency Sur, the civil guard, the national police and local police, as well as the road maintenance service of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) were mobilized after the flood.
The amount of cash you can carry in Spain is highly regulated.
According to Law 10/2010 on money laundering and terrorist financing, people can carry bills of exchange up to a maximum of 100,000 euros.
It was reported that the two men involved in the car crash were not arrested because their €20,000 was well below that limit.
How much of their money they managed to get back is unclear.
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