Retiree gives out euro coins to celebrate retirement

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A German man celebrated his first day of retirement by handing out one-euro coins to passers-by in the quiet town of Aschaffenburg, near Frankfurt, police said Wednesday.

Dressed in a suit, the man wore a sign around his neck that read: "I am not unemployed, nor homeless. I am married. I am doing fine. That's why I wish to offer you an euro."

Police were alerted after a suspicious pedestrian mistook the man's joy for a scam, but no charges were laid because giving out money in the streets is not an offence.

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