Man's last wish: Drop $10,000 from the sky
Updated On: Aug 21 2013 01:56:23 PM CDT
Diners at Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant in Lewes, Del. were just enjoying a sunny day, munching on their chicken wings, when money starting falling from the sky.
Real, honest-to-goodness tens and twenties fluttered onto the gravel parking lot from a helicopter hovering above. It was a sight so bizarre, some people didn't believe it was happening at first.
"Nobody really knew what was happening until it happened," Kara Miele, an Irish Eyes employee, told HLN affiliate 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."
There was a mad dash for the cash as it landed in the gravel and the canal, and floated around into nearby streets and trees. It seemed like a recipe for chaos, but Miele said people seemed far too excited to argue over the bills.
"Nobody was like fighting with each other for it, but everyone was just scrambling, trying to grab everything they could."
The crazy stunt was actually a heartwarming last wish from a local man. Leonard Maull operated a local bait and tackle shop in Lewes and died about a year ago.
Bill Berry, who is an accountant and a trustee for Maull's estate, confirmed that Maull had the random act written into his will: He wanted $10,000, in $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills, flown over the harbor and dropped for strangers to enjoy.
"It was his money, and I figured he could do what he wanted to do with it," Berry told WBOC.
Whatever reason Maull had for dumping a giant wad of cash on some unsuspecting benefactors, it certainly brought excitement to the people in Lewes. Unfortunately, no one got any pictures of the event -- because they were too busy finding free money -- so those who were there had to rely on their storytelling skills to capture the moment.
"I wanted to get some pictures to show some people," Bill Swords, a patron of Irish Eyes, told WBOC. "Because nobody believes you when you tell them there was literally $10,000 dropped from the sky."
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