Hong Kong shoppers and commuters thought Christmas had arrived early on Wednesday afternoon after hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash spilled onto a busy road following an accident apparently involving a security van.
Incredulous bystanders were seen "sprinting" onto Gloucester Road, near Hong Kong's financial heart, on Christmas eve to claim bundles of money, the South China Morning Post reported.
A passing taxi driver ditched his red and white cab in order to grab some of the bounty while one lady made off with ten "bricks" of cash, a witness said.
"She looked like a very regular Hong Kong lady. She had an armful of bricks of cash – it was as much as she could carry," the witness told the South China Morning Post, adding that the woman had then "disappeared" into the Wan Chai neighbourhood.
A photograph showed one bundle of notes left on the road was marked HK$500,000 (£41,500).