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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Free Money in Taichung, Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan police have arrested a 55-year-old man for lobbing bank notes worth about T$1 million ($29,600) from vehicles, causing disorder in the streets, an officer said on Monday.

The man tossed the bills from a taxi in a crowded part of Taichung city on Sunday as people stopped to pick up the cash, Changhua police official Lin Shih-ming said.

"He might have had a nervous condition, as his state of mind wasn't normal," Lin said.

He is believed to have thrown heaps more money on an earlier road trip starting in the capital Taipei.

The man also burned about T$400,000 and had two more sacks of cash, apparently the proceeds of a property sale, Lin said.

Some of the passers-by who picked up the bills turned the money over to police, while others pocketed it, he said.

The taxi driver turned the man in to police in Changhua county, just south of Taichung

The suspect would be charged with public endangerment and destruction of currency, Lin said.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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