Man arrested in China for dropping cash on commuters


A man has been arrested on drugs charges in south west China after dropping money out his apartment window on to commuters 30 flights below.


Substantial sums of money were thrown from the 30th floor of a Chongqing apartment building onto the streets below.


Traffic chaos prompted local police to call to the door of a man they felt responsible for the gridlock below.


Video of the incident has since gone viral, showing cash raining down from the sky and the subsequent scramble on the ground below.


Traffic in the area ground to a standstill, as commuters left their cars to grab their share of the "heavenly rain of banknotes", as it has been dubbed on social media.


 




In this, the age of misinformation, the footage was initially reported to be "A local tyrant in Chongqing who is terminally ill and scatters 30 million in the sky by helicopter", though this was later debunked.


When police called to the suspected origin of the cash on the 30th floor of a nearby apartment building, they found a 29-year-old man in a catatonic state, allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine.


He was arrested on drugs charges and police say an investigation is ongoing into the incident.


Throwing money away seems to be a recurring issue in Chongqing, with the Guardian reporting that a woman threw away the equivalent of around 2,000 (16,000 Yuan) in bank notes in 2017.


Police followed her picking up the money as she discarded it, with local media reporting that she disposed of the cash as she was in a bad mood at the time.


Foul humour seems to be a justification for some to dispose of their money, in 2019 another Chinese man, this time in the province of Fujian, tossed 100,000 Yuan into the air after having a bad day at work.


He later requested that people return the cash.