On Tuesday, an eight-engine remotely piloted helicopter circled over a park in Grand Rapids, Michigan—and then started dropping cash. A cloud of dollar bills was released from compartments in the drone and floated down on a lunchtime crowd in Rosa Parks Circle, causing a scramble for the cash—an estimated $100.
“It was hovering over the center of the circle, and after a couple of minutes it dropped what appeared to be money,” Melvin Blohm, a creative consultant for the Michigan newspaper website MLive, told Grand Rapids Press’ Todd Chance. “Once people realized the cash was real, they swarmed to pick it up.”
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Bystander video of the drone that dropped cash on a Grand Rapids park on Tuesday. Blohm said he saw people atop the nearby JW Marriott hotel roof who appeared to be controlling the drone. The drone appeared to drop about $50 cash from one of four compartments; another compartment was already empty when Blohm spotted it.
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