Monday, December 2, 2013

Man Banned from Mall for Tossing $1,000 in Bills; MN Mall Said Black Friday Stunt a Safety Threat

A Minnesota man ticketed for disorderly conduct after he flung $1,000 in small bills over a balcony at the nation's largest mall during a heavy holiday shopping day wants to give away more money, he said today (December 2, 2013), according to Reuters website.

Serge Vorobyov was banned from the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis for a year for the publicity stunt on Black Friday.

Vorobyov, 29, said he hoped You Tube video of the stunt would continue to generate thousands of views so he could potentially earn money from the advertising revenue and spread the wealth. He tossed the cash -- he said it was a mixture of a $100 bill, several $20s, $10s, $5s, and 600 $1-bills -- when a group began to sing "Let it Snow."

Mall of America said it was sympathetic to Vorobyov's personal situation, but the stunt threatened the safety of shoppers and he was banned from mall property for a year. More than 235,000 shoppers went to the mall on Black Friday, it said.

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