Man arrested in China for throwing money on commuters from his 30th floor apartment

Chinese police 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.

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.

Bizarrely, this isn’t the first time someone has been spotted chucking their money around in the megacity of Chongqing. As reported by The Guardian, back in 2017, a woman walked into traffic whilst scattering 16,000 yuan worth of bank notes behind her.

A police officer was prompted to follow her, picking up the cash as he went. Local media reports at the time stated that the unnamed woman informed police that she had tossed the money about on account of being in a bad mood.