updated 8/8/2006 5:15:01 PM ET 2006-08-08T21:15:01

A drunken man withdrew 13,000 euros (more than U.S. $16,700) from his bank account and then started handing out the money to passers-by in a western German town Tuesday, police said.

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Police in Darmstadt said they were alerted at lunchtime to a man sitting on a bench in front of a bank and handing out notes. He had the money stuffed into plastic bags and his pockets, and some of it blew away.

Officers took the 63-year-old back into the bank and counted the money.

They said in a statement that he had handed out $1,935, but that he "didn't care because he had enough."

Police decided to hold on to the rest of the money temporarily. They told the man, whose name was not released, to come back and collect it once he sobered up.

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