Dollars drop in Delaware

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Money fell from the sky in Delaware, thanks to the last wish of a local philanthropist. Leonard Maull stipulated in his will that $10,000 in $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills should be scattered over the town for the enjoyment of strangers. The strange wish was carried out from a helicopter a year after Maull's death.

Diners were tucking into lunch at the Irish Eyes Pub when the windfall occurred. Pub employee Kara Miele told radio station WBOC: "You could see that they were yelling that it was money, and then everyone knew it was money. And then the customers ran over and we ran over."

Continuing, possibly while holding a fistful of dollars, Miele said that there hadn't been an unseemly scramble. "Nobody was really fighting over the bills, they were just happy that they could take them, people were screaming as the money kept coming down, some went into the water to grab bills that had landed there."

There was enough urgency among the pub customers to get a share of the cash to ensure that nobody had the foresight to record the events on an iPhone, although the footage would probably have earned enough YouTube hits to make a decent sum for the uploader.

Maull was either a fun-loving, generous sort, who liked the idea of strangers getting an unexpected cash boost from the skies, or a dark cynic who liked the idea of a desperate scramble for a few grubby banknotes. The executor of the will, accountant Bill Berry, said, "it was his money, and I figured he could do what he wanted to do with it."

At least it makes a welcome change from loners dying and leaving their money to a cat's home, a donkey sanctuary or, as in a recent UK case, the government.

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