What would you do for a buck? That’s a bit of a loaded question, but a handful of drivers in New Jersey thought it was enough to risk their lives.
According to NBC News, a Brink’s armored truck was traveling on Route 3 West in East Rutherford when its rear door apparently malfunctioned and spilled money onto the highway. This caused a number of people to stop their vehicles in the middle of the morning rush hour and make a mad dash for the cash.
Needless to say, this was a pretty stupid decision as traffic continued moving – albeit at a slightly slower pace. Unfortunately, this lead to at least two accidents and several videos show what appears to be a Toyota Corolla with major front end damage.
— Nick Amador (@NickAmadorTV) December 13, 2018
While a number of people were obviously in it for themselves, East Rutherford Police Captain Phillip Taormina told the network that a good Samaritan grabbed some of the money and then returned it to the security guard. He left the scene shortly thereafter, as he was reportedly late for work, but police want to talk to him as part of their investigation.
We have had several individuals contact ERPD & return money in this case. We would like to advise people if they have any money connected to this incident to contact ERPD at 201-438-0165 to make arrangements for its return with no charges filed.
— East Rutherford Police (@ERutherfordPD) December 13, 2018
Speaking of the investigation, police are asking anyone with knowledge or video of the incident to contact them. The department also tweeted a message saying anyone who grabbed some cash can “make arrangements for its return with no charges filed.” Given the number of videos that are out there, drivers should seriously consider the offer as the message implies that those who don’t return the money could face charges if caught.
Thankfully several people have already contacted the department and returned the money they collected. However, there’s no word on how much cash is missing at this point.
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