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Man arrested after showering commuters with money from 30th-floor window

The Guardian logo The Guardian 29/10/2020 Helen Davidson in Taipei
a large body of water with a city in the background: Photograph: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Chinese police have arrested a man after he scattered a “heavenly rain of banknotes” on commuters from his apartment window while allegedly high on methamphetamine.

Police said the 29-year-old was “in a trance” after taking drugs at his home on the 30th floor of a building in Chongqing, in south-western China, when he began throwing cash out of the window to the streets below.

Local media reported the “heavenly rain of banknotes from the sky”, and a video of the 17 October incident has been viewed more than half a million times.

The footage shows traffic slowed to a crawl, or completely stopped in some sections, as dozens of people left their cars or walked onto the busy road to catch the banknotes.

Police were called and the man was taken into custody. The police said in a statement he had been detained for taking drugs and was under investigation and receiving treatment.

In 2017, also in Chongqing, a woman walked into traffic throwing bank notes behind her, prompting a police officer to pick them up as he followed her. Local media reported she told police she threw the 16,000 yuan (US$2,300) because she was in a bad mood.

a body of water with a city in the background: The man was taken into custody in Chongqing and was receiving treatment, police said. © Photograph: REX/Shutterstock The man was taken into custody in Chongqing and was receiving treatment, police said.

Last year a man who threw 100,000 yuan into the air after having a bad day at work asked for people to return his money. Shishi city police in Fujian said the man’s actions caused a traffic jam and people fell over each other trying to grab the cash.

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