Drunk Briton hands out money at Spanish airport

9th July 2009, Comments 1 comment

A 59-year-old man was carrying EUR 50,000 in travellers' cheques and EUR 2,000 in cash and handing them out to strangers at Palma de Mallorca.

Madrid – Spanish police briefly detained a drunk British man Wednesday who was handing out money to strangers at the airport at Palma de Mallorca after arriving on a flight from Manchester, police said.

The man, identified only as 59-year-old James B N, laughed constantly as he distributed the bills and did not seem aware of what he was doing, police said. He had an unkempt appearance and his pants were soiled by urine.

The Briton was carrying EUR 50,000 in travellers' cheques and another EUR 2,000 in cash at the time. Police did not say how much money the man distributed before he was detained.

Police said he acquired the money from an inheritance. After confirming that he had obtained the money legally and contacting the British consulate, police put him on a return flight to Britain.

The airport at Palma on Spain's Balearic Islands is the country's third-busiest in terms of passenger traffic. A total of 22.8 million passengers passed through it last year, according to airport operator AENA.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Albrecht posted:

    on 12th July 2009, 08:11:14 - Reply

    Hasn't the Brits, and others, been doing for decades under EU, and before, policy! It seems that common Spanish policeman understand economics better than unelected bureacrats, judges, and administrators in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg! Stop the drunken spending and redistribution of wealth.