A Turkish man robbed a bank and then threw cash worth more than $10,000 from the top of a balcony, Wednesday.
Semih Bulut and his family were suffering from financial hardship and were forced to sell their properties, which included a building at Ciftegelinler Street in the Kumkapi quarter of Istanbul, Turkey.
On April 27, rather than sit home helplessly, Bulut took matters in his own hands. Armed with a huge rifle, a well-dressed Bulut walked into a branch of IS Bank which is, incidentally, located on the ground floor of his family’s property.
Bulut, who came out with 30,000 Turkish lira ($10,600), walked to a balcony on the upper floor and, as can be seen from the video, proceeded to scatter the stolen money to the winds. He then shouted out about his financial woes and having to sell his properties to settle his debts.
The police cordoned off the area for security measures and spent over four hours trying to negotiate with Bulut and get him off the balcony. The culprit later surrendered and said his burglary attempt was an act of revenge on the bank.
Apparently, four years ago, the building where the incident took place belonged to Bulut’s father, Cuma Bulut, who was forced to sell it to the bank. His son claims the sale was “unjust” and attempted to rob the bank that he says robbed his family, according to the Turkish news agency Hurriyet.
Turkish police officers were ordered to pick up every last bill from the roadside where the money lay scattered.
“I only wanted to express my troubles to the president of Turkey,” Bulut told the press, referring to Erdogan Recep Tayyip and his indifferent attitude toward his people.
Last year, economist Murat Ucer stated Turkey is one of the five markets in the world most susceptible to rate hikes.
“If Turkey still tries to muddle through [its economic problems] without a direction, there is no doubt Turkey will be hurting the most,” Ucer said.