New Jersey: The ORIGINAL Florida/Alabama/West Virginia. EST. 1787
Hey, it’s a matter of public safety. Leaving money all over a highway could cause an accident.
People are desperate–that’s not me blaming them, that is sympathy. Considering how much difference even $500 could make to someone struggling to get through the month, I understand this reaction completely. What’s interesting here is how many people are doing it, and how relatively little each person is probably taking–they have to be thinking there’s no way it will ALL be tracked down. Depends on whether or not there are traffic cameras or a cop car nearby to capture license plates.
Though the person filming while grabbing money with their other hand is… pretty idiotic.
And of course if you pick up $500 and then get $1500 of damage to your car, you haven’t helped yourself much…
A good point also.
Edit: The brain plays a very quick game of risk/reward, no?
Meanwhile, in New Zealand:
“The recipients of the gifts turned the money over to police, fearing it might be stolen.”
By the estimate of some, all it would take is 3 days of life without our usual ‘safety nets’ of communication, transportation, emergency services and basic systems of governance for the facade to shatter.
Alternative title: “Millennials Discover Laziest Possible Way to Make a Buck”
Conversely this is why you should keep a ski mask in your car. Even if the authorities go after you with cell footage, they need to prove YOU were driving the car.
They’re cleaning up litter. Brinks should be fined for the damage to our environment, and under salvage law the finders should keep the cash.
Brinks to cash picker uppers: Identify yourselves!
Cash picker uppers: I am Spartacus!
This has to be like, a metaphor or something.
Makes sense. Look at how quickly people become unhinged after a natural disaster. People walking around with guns looking for reasons to shoot, etc.
Doesn’t look very lazy to me; running through traffic to scrape up bills, and the following paranoia that you’d get caught afterward.
But as a millennial who makes less then 2k a month, you can bet I’d be very tempted…
There’s a scene in the short story The Mist, about how quickly the veneer of civility can dissipate when a small community ends up trapped together in a local market by unknown monsters from a dimensional rift; it was chilling as fuck to read, because it’s just all too plausible.
How much money we talking here? Did these folks get a bunch of singles, 20s or 50s? More?
cash on the ground is a one time windfall, a personal brand that entails all of your zany antics being broadcast live can bring in sustainable income via patreon for years to come
Is that really true though? Sure, there are always some looters looking to take advantage of a bad situation, but my understanding is that the majority of people respond to a disaster by banding together and helping their neighbors to get back on their feet.
I’ve always suspected that the prepper types who stockpile guns to defend their stash of emergency supplies when society breaks down are in fact the same sorts of people who would become looters themselves. And they’re very much in the minority.
I don’t think I would risk getting out to pick up stray bills on the highway.
Bundles on the other hand…
As for everyone going off on the dimwit filming themselves, I feel the need to point out that all the surrounding traffic was already stopped somewhat minimizing the risk.