Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Man drops cash from plane

An Indonesian businessman has scattered 100 million rupiah ($10,700; £5,406) in banknotes from a plane to promote his new motivational book.

Tung Desem Waringin said he would rather share money for a promotional campaign with people who needed it.

His plane flew over a sports field in Serang city, 40 miles west of Jakarta, dropping four loads of bills of small denomination.

Crowds had been gathering after rumours of the stunt spread on Saturday.

Mr Tung, 42, admitted his scheme was a little "crazy", but said he wanted to create "a rain of money" over Jakarta.

He had been refused permission to conduct the flight over the capital amid security concerns.

Millions of Indonesians live below the poverty line and distributions of free food and aid regularly draw large crowds.

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