It's not often that you see money just raining down from above, but for a few minutes, it seemed like that was what was happening along a Maryland roadway early last Thursday morning.
It is a story that many of us can relate to. Maybe you put a drink - a cup of coffee onto the roof of your car for just a moment. But you forget that it's there and drive away.
Usually it's no big deal, but the owner of a 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie made that mistake with something much more valuable. It was a bag of money that was supposed to go to the bank.
When he realized that the bag was missing, he quickly retraced his steps. That brought him to the spot where Route 100 and Interstate 97 split. What he saw were some people in the street and the grass picking up what was left of his cash.
"My heart just hurt for the person," says Jennifer Parsley. "I mean, I lose my sunglasses and I'm going crazy. I can't imagine."
That is what she thought when she first heard the story. Then Parsley found out that person was a friend - the owner of the 7-Eleven she has visited almost daily for the last 10 years.
"He's an awesome person," says Parsley. "He's got a heart of gold. He's a very hard worker. He works sometimes seven days a week. He's always here."
7-Eleven did not want to talk specifics about how much money was involved. The bank deposit is not covered by insurance.
Parsley wanted to help. So she started a Facebook page urging people to return the money. One person turned in a significant amount of money to the Maryland State Police Barracks. Much is still out there.
"If you do have the money, do what's right. Have a heart. It belongs to a gentleman that has a family and is out here in this tough economy trying to make a living for himself," says Parsley.