Man Showers Mall With Last $1K, Gets Ticketed

He says he wanted to spread holiday cheer

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2013 12:59 AM CST
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(Newser) – "I don’t see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct," complains a Minnesota man ticketed for disorderly conduct after chucking a thousand dollar bills over a crowd at the Mall of America on Black Friday. Serge Vorobyov, 29, threw the cash from a third-floor railing as the band played "Let It Snow," reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He was cited and released at the scene. "I thought I would just spread some holiday cheer … pay it forward," he says.

In an explanatory video posted on YouTube, Vorobyov says he wanted to spend his last $1,000 to make people happy after going through a divorce so bitter that his ex-wife "even took the cat and won’t tell me where it is," CBS reports. Mall security says the stunt could have caused a serious disturbance, although the crowd stayed remarkably calm as it snowed money.

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