May 14, 2009 / 3:26 PM / 10 years ago

Cash flies out of convertible on motorway

An undated handout picture shows a worker packing 50 Euro banknotes at German Bundesdruckerei production facility in Germany October 30, 2008. REUTERS/HO/Bundesdruckerei

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man lost 23,000 euros ($31,180) to the wind when an envelope with the money he had stuck in the passenger seat pocket of his convertible blew away during a test drive in northern Germany.

The cash — in 500, 200, and 100 euro notes — fluttered across the motorway in the midst of speeding traffic near the city of Hanover, police said.

The man, 23, contacted police immediately, who then blocked the motorway in both directions for nearly half an hour. Eight police officers assisted the man in retrieving his notes and were able to recover 20,000 euros.

“The remaining 3,000 euros have not been found,” a police spokeswoman said, but warned treasure hunters of searching for any bills and keeping them, saying that was illegal.

Reporting by Jacob Comenetz

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