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Honest man turns in $242 swirling on highway

Sales rep dodges traffic to pick up banknotes — and heads to police station.
/ Source: The Associated Press

PADDOCK LAKE, Wis. — A sales representative on the way to a business call made an unscheduled stop — in the middle of the highway — after noticing the cash swirling around his car.

"I was a little west of Paddock Lake and all of a sudden there was money flying in my windshield and grill," Ted Neitzke said.

Neitzke, 58, of Random Lake, said he stopped, got out of his car and began collecting the bills while dodging the traffic.

"So here's this guy — me — in the middle of Highway 50 with a tie picking up money," he said. "It was just kind of sliding along the road. When a car or truck would drive by, it would go one way, and when another one would drive by, it would go the other way."

He managed to pick up a dozen $20 bills and two $1 bills, a total of $242.

Then he called the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.

"I was just hoping it wasn't anybody's rent money or somebody who needed it," he said. "I figured it was the right thing to do."

The sheriff's report said the money Neitzke collected about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday was placed in an evidence locker, and if no one claims it, Neitzke will get it.

Sheriff's spokesman Horace Staples said not everyone would have turned in the cash.

"When people do that, it's very unique," Staples said. "Normally people would look around and pocket the money."