Gone with the wind: falling cash closes German motorway

15th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The misadventure occurred when a 23-year-old man was test-driving a vehicle on Wednesday and unwisely placed a pile of crisp 500-euro notes to pay for the car on the back seat.

Berlin -- A German motorway was closed in both directions after an envelope containing 23,000 euros (31,000 dollars) flew out of an open-top car, causing a rainstorm of cash, police said on Thursday.

The driver of the Audi A3 convertible, a 23-year-old man, was test-driving the vehicle on Wednesday and unwisely placed the pile of crisp 500-euro notes to pay for the car on the back seat.

When he realised his costly error, he called the police, who closed down the motorway during the hunt for the notes.

A search for the cash recovered 40 out of the 46 high-denomination notes, meaning the test-drive still cost him a pricey 3,000 euros.

According to Die Welt daily, police are now deciding whether he will also be charged a fee for the operation, which caused tailbacks in both directions.

AFP/Expatica

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