Not only won’t snow apparently be falling from the sky for Christmas, there won’t be any dollar bills floating down over the Wichita area.
Spangles, a locally based fast-food restaurant chain, identified itself Thursday as the one that proposed dropping the bills from a helicopter before Christmas. At the same time, Rene Steven, the company’s director of operations, said the plan has been canceled because of safety concerns.
“What if the money fell on Kellogg? That could create some problems,” she said.
She said the money set aside for the drop will be given to several charities.
Steven called Mayor Carl Brewer on Tuesday morning, asking if there were any city laws against such a plan. City Attorney Gary Rebenstorf later said there were safety concerns, plus it would take 15 to 20 days to get the required permit.
Steven said the company was serious about the idea and had a helicopter lined up to make the drop.
“Oh, yeah, we were going to do it,” she said. “It was just something fun to do for Christmas. We wanted to give a little back to the community. But one thing led to another.
“People were concerned about the safety issue, and it was a legitimate concern.”
Still, Steven said the plan was fun just to think about.
“I actually caught myself looking up to the sky wondering what it would be like to see money falling down,” she said.