Helicopter Drops $10,000 on Unsuspecting Crowd in Lewes, Del.

A generous last wish from a late tackle shop owner made it rain -- yes, in cash -- over a crowd of diners in Lewes, Del., recently

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013  |  Updated 4:27 PM EDT
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A generous last wish from a late tackle shop owner made it rain -- yes, in cash -- in Lewes, Del., recently.

Without warning, a helicopter hovering above the Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant dropped $10,000 in $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills over a batch of stunned diners and employees, reported WMUR.com.

Maybe there is such a thing as a free lunch -- but the buyer wasn't around to see the excitement.

The money came courtesy of a Lewes resident, Leonard Maull, who died about a year ago. The random act of kindness had been written into his will, and a trustee made sure the plan was carried out accordingly.

"It was his money, and I figured he could do what he wanted to do with it," said Bill Berry, a trustee for Maull's estate.

Everyone was too excited to fight over the money, said Kara Miele, an Irish Eyes employee.

"Nobody really knew what was happening until it happened," she said. "You could see that they were yelling that it was money.... And then the customers ran over and we ran over.... Nobody was like fighting with each other for it, but everyone was just scrambling, trying to grab everything they could."

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