A Minnesota man who wanted to give some holiday cheer to shoppers at the Mall of America on Black Friday ended up in law legal trouble for his efforts.
After a rough year losing his business and going through a divorce Serge Vorobyov wanted to do something to make others’ holidays a little brighter.
“I thought I got to do something funny at least have some fun with it and it turned out a lot of people enjoyed it,” Vorobyov said.
So he came up with the idea to throw money to shoppers after seeing a TV commercial about motorcycle rider with money flying off him as he rode around.
Vorobyoy decided to give away $1,000 hoping good karma would come back around.
“My last effort of pay it forward you know. I thought, I can’t keep up with my bills, I’m losing everything might as well have my last little thrill,” Vorobyov said.
He decided to throw the bills as a choir was singing, appropriately, let it snow.
Vorobyov said he figured he might get in trouble. And he was correct.
He was cited for disorderly conduct and faces a fine.
Even so, Vorobyov said it was worth it.
“I can laugh about it. Everyone is having fun I think that’s what life is about just following your heart,” Vorobyov said.
A Mall of America spokesperson told CNN this is the first time anyone has ever thrown cash into a crowd.
They said Vorobyov disrupted the performance and could have caused a serious situation.
CNN contributed to this report.