I’ve been trying to imagine how I would react if I was driving down an interstate when, suddenly, bundles of money starts pouring out of a truck in front of me.
That’s what happened to several motorists on I-70 near Indianapolis recently. According to the Indiana State Patrol, more than $600,000 tumbled out of a Brinks armored truck after the back door flew open.
People on both sides of the highway slammed their vehicles to a stop and started picking up bills. A school bus driver stopped his bus to grab cash before busing away from the scene. People in a pickup truck pulling a trailer are reported to have made off with a bag of money.
So what would I do? Keep going; stop and pick up what I could find and return it; or scoop it up and continue on my merry way. To put it mildly, it would test my old “finders keepers, losers weepers” philosophy.
Be that as it may, it didn’t take the Highway Patrol long to put a stop on the flying cash flow. They say anyone taking money can be charged with theft.
Isn’t that the way it always goes? You think your wildest dream has just come true and the next thing you know, the law moves to put a damper on things.
It’s a crazy situation, but in my opinion, there’s more to this story than the fact that a door flew open and a bunch of money came rolling out.
I guess I’m a little naive, because I have always believed an armored truck is a safe place for money. Well, maybe not as safe as Fort Knox, but yet a very safe place for money.
So how can this huge safe on wheels suddenly have its door fly open? Doesn’t make any sense to me. You would think it would have one of the best locks in the world holding it closed, along with several other safeguards. I wonder if the old stagecoaches were more secure.
In fact, I find the whole thing a little scary. After all, if the back door of an armored truck can fly open, why couldn’t the back door of a truck hauling something like rotten tomatoes fly open?
One thing’s for sure. If the back door of a truck hauling rotten tomatoes did fly open I doubt if there would be much of a stampede to pick up the remains.
I doubt if the truck driver would stop either!
Ed Rood is former publisher of the Tri-County Times. He and his wife, Sharon, live near Cambridge.