BRIDGEPORT — Holy happenstance, Batman!
The owner of a local food truck is crediting his quick-thinking, costume-clad grandkids for chasing down a giant stack of cash that spilled out of his apron and was blowing across a parking lot.
It all started when the husband-and-wife team of Jay Sebastian and Carrie Clark carted their eco-friendly Bridgeport Pasty food truck to the Truckin' Around Food Truck Extravaganza in Schaumburg on Saturday to sling their brand of pasties, which are are like portable, savory pot pies.
At some point, Sebastian said he reached into the big pockets of his apron and the pile of cash — an estimated $1,000 — came spilling out on the ground.
"The whole wad fell out and hit the blacktop, and all these bills — fives, 10s and 20s — go taking off everywhere," he said.
Startled, Sebastian jumped on top of one bundle of cash, only to watch another bunch get carried away by strong winds on a day when gusts had reached 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
And that's when he saw another unforgettable site: his three grandkids, dressed for a costume contest as Batman, Robin and Catwoman, approaching the parking lot and ready to spring into action.
"As the money hit the ground they ran up squealing and screaming. Some people were helping them, grabbing the money and giving it to them," he said.
Sebastian estimates he and the kids were able to recover all but $100 of his loss.
"The food truck gods were smiling on us," he said. "And the superheroes saved the day."