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Why Was A Man Ticketed For Throwing $1,000 Into A Crowd At The Mall Of America In Minnesota?

Submitted by on December 2, 2013 – 11:32 amOne Comment

On Black Friday, Americans spent millions of dollars collectively on all kinds of gifts and gadgets for the holiday season. So it should come as no surprise to hear that one Minnesota man named Serge Vorobyov dropped $1,000 during a trip to the Mall of America. But you might be a little bit surprised to hear what he spent it on. Because Vorobyov didn’t buy two new iPads, a new TV, or 10 pairs of new sneakers. Instead, Vorobyov bought…well, nothing. Instead, he took his $1,000 and literally threw it away by “making it snow” overtop of a crowd with one thousand $1 bills. He threw the money from the third floor of the mall and watched as it fell on a crowd of people listening to a performance of the song, “Let It Snow.”

So why in the world did Vorobyov do it? Partly because he wanted to promote himself—he stamped each bill with the address to his YouTube page—and partly because he wanted to spread some holiday cheer.

“I thought I’d just spread some holiday cheer, be positive, and pay-it-forward type of thing,” he said in a YouTube video that he released later. “And make it snow money.”

Cops were not amused by his antics, though. Instead of praising him for his nice gesture, they gave Vorobyov a ticket for disorderly conduct. So in the end, his stunt could end up costing him even more than $1,000. Vorobyov doesn’t agree with the ticket.

“I don’t see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct,” he said.

Do you think that Vorobyov deserved the ticket? We see how he was trying to do a nice thing for people by giving them money. But at the same time, he could have caused a riot by throwing money into a crowd like that. People could have gone nuts and started fighting one another for it. So he probably shouldn’t have thrown the money in the first place. Do you agree?

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