Truck drops €2 million worth of coins on Italian highway

Truck drops €2 million worth of coins on Italian highway
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The things people will do for free cash are bottom-line crazy. And in the unlikely and improbable event that a truck carrying over 2 million euros - $2.5 million - in €1 and €2 coins inexplicably blows a tire and drops the coins it was carrying on the highway, then yeah, you can definitely smell the mayhem about to break loose.

In a surreal scene of money raining down from all sides, Italian motorists took full advantage of the truck’s misfortune and proceeded to stop their cars – in the middle of the A114 highway in Italy, no less! – get out, and go into a coin-grabbing frenzy all the while risking life and limbs from other vehicles that were closing in on them.

We’d like to say that these folks were merely Good Samaritans who were trying to help the truck driver retrieve all the coins he dropped from the accident, but, unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way. With a chance to make some extra moolah for free, albeit in a dangerous way, greed will always trump goodwill.

Fortunately, the police arrived on the scene fast enough that the motorists-turned-looters only made out with approximately €10,000 – that’s about $12,500 – from the €2 million euros that were there for the taking.

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Source: Associated Press

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7 comments:

  (449) posted on 04.14.2011

Worth millions of coins? I hope it didn’t flood that much. I would rather spend the rest of the night on the highway waiting for another rain!

  (1332) posted on 08.31.2010

I bet all of those coins didn’t make it to truck. for sure there are some got interested with it.

  (515) posted on 07.18.2010

hahah good thing that those coins didn’t hit the cars behind him.

  (666) posted on 07.14.2010

good thing that those coins didn’t flew higher than the car’s mirrors.

  (939) posted on 07.12.2010

at least there are some coins returned on the truck.

  (20) posted on 07.12.2010

I want to know how they load the trucks over there so that when a tire blows, the coins drop out. Luckily there wasn’t a whole lot taken from the scene.

  (806) posted on 07.11.2010

well, good thing that there are still good samaritans living, but if this this happened to our country for sure there will be no coins returning to the owners.

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