By Tom Bannister
The Weather Girls wanted men, the ancient Egyptians got frogs. Far better than frogs and men is of course a rain of money, and that’s what Nanjing residents received yesterday when a woman shook out a quilt that her husband had hidden 15000 yuan in.
The couple, the Liu’s, live in a tenth floor apartment on Maiyao Road in the Jiangsu capital. Yesterday morning Mr Liu went to the bank to withdraw 15000 yuan in 100 yuan notes. Before lunch he hid the money in a folded up bed quilt to keep it safe before he had to use it. Unwisely he failed to tell his wife this.
The weather was sunny and Mrs Liu decided that the quilt needed to be aired. She shook it out of the window and hung it from the window ledge. She didn’t realise anything was wrong until she heard the cries of pedestrians outside. Realising what had happened her husband frantically retrieved the blanket but discovered that the 150 hundred yuan notes had already floated down to fall like rain on those walking below.
Local resident Mr Yan said: “when I saw all of this paper money floating down I thought that it was a prank, that it was fake money. But when I went over to have a look, cautious not to appear a fool, I was surprised to find that it was real money.”
The couple rushed down to retrieve the banknotes and local residents and police helped them out. Eventually they managed to recover 12000 Yuan, 3000 short of the original total.