People take photos instead of grabbing free cash after woman threw $20,000 on street


Woman throws cash in the street 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) People were shocked to see numerous pedestrians taking photos of cash lying on the street instead of grabbing some of the free money.

The incident unfolded on Monday in Seoul, South Korea, according to a video uploaded to the Internet.

Police said that the 56-year-old woman threw 22 million won ($19,030) on the ground, but she did not cause major disruptions as passersby did not rush to pick them up.

The woman threw hundreds of 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000 won banknotes in Seoul Square around 5:00 p.m. Passersby glanced at the notes and took photos of the scene, but nobody took the free cash.

Normally, those collecting money from the ground can be charged with theft, but in this case, the woman intended to give up her rights to the cash.

The woman was detained and questioned by police.

The woman told investigators that she was afraid of her former husband and son trying to take her money away and she preferred to give away the cash to strangers on the street.

After the police verified that the money belonged to the woman, she was let go.