Pubdate: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Times Colonist Contact: http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/letters.html Website: http://www.timescolonist.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/481 Author: Richard Watts and Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist PEDESTRIANS SHOWERED WITH MONEY A man is likely facing drug charges following a bizarre incident in which hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars were showered on a city sidewalk Thursday. Witnesses and police said between 3: 30 and 4 p.m. a man was on top of the building housing Maycock Eyecare, 1318 Blanshard St., showering the street below with cash. Susan Jones said she was walking on Blanshard Street when "a $20 bill came past my nose." Then it began raining cash, $10 and $20 bills. "I looked up and all this money was blowing," said Jones, a Times Colonist sales representative. "I couldn't tell where it was coming from and it was just swirling." Jones said she gathered up bills by the handful for a total of $1,340, since turned over to police. But at least 10 other people also scooped up money which, she estimated, amounted to a total three times her take. "It was weird - everyone was silently scooping up the money," said Jones. At the scene, Victoria Police Sgt. Alex Yelovatz said one man, aged about 30, was taken into custody apparently intoxicated. He is expected to appear in provincial court today charged with drug offences. Yelovatz said it appears marijuana was also tossed over the side of the building. The police officer congratulated Jones on her honesty for turning the money over. Jones said if it comes back to her she will donate it to charity. Warren Dingma, who works nearby, said he watched as a man appeared at the edge of the Maycock Eyecare building and tried to hurl money over the side. But Dingma said initially the man wasn't very successful because the wind blew the bills backwards. "The wind was blowing pretty good and he couldn't get them over the side." Dingma said the man then disappeared from view and nothing happened until a plume of smoke appeared, too big for a cigarette. He said he became concerned that a fire had started so he went to a spot where he could view the second-storey roof. By the time he achieved a better view there was no sign of the man, the money or any fire. Brian Maycock, of Maycock Eyecare, said he was unaware of the incident until someone who works nearby told him. He went to investigate and could see two $10 bills lying on the roof in the open. Maycock's building butts up against a neighbouring multi-storey apartment building. Some of the apartment suite windows lead directly on to the roof. He said he has since spoken to the property manager for the apartment building about blocking window access to the roof. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.