VIDEO: Man cited after showering Mall of America shoppers with cash

Published on Tuesday, 3 December 2013 10:40 - Written by

Have you heard about the man who dropped one thousand dollars from an upper level at the Mall of America onto people below, and was cited for it?

The 29-year-old Minnesota man who says he was trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing one thousand one dollar bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America has been cited for disorderly conduct. Serge Vorobyov admitted throwing his "last one thousand dollars" from the fourth floor on Friday as a choir performed "Let it Snow." He said he also kept tossing cash as he continued down the escalator.

Serge said he's going through a divorce, lost his car hauling business and hoped the positivity of throwing the money would come back to him. He invited his estranged wife to try to win her back but she didn't show up, he said.

Instead, he was cited by police and released at the scene. He also was ordered not to go into the mall for a year. Serge had stamped the bills with his YouTube address and on his Facebook page he called the event a publicity stunt. When asked why he wanted the publicity, he said he wanted his cat back from his estranged wife.

Mall of America spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said it's the first time anyone has ever done something like that in the mall. She said Serge disrupted the performance and could've caused a serious situation.