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Holiday cheer giver, tossing out $1K at mall, is arrested for disorderly conduct

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A holiday-well wisher, evidently caught up in a bellowing choir’s rendition of the classic wintertime tune “Let it Snow,” did let it snow – not with winter white, but with money green. For his philanthropic efforts, the gift-giver was arrested for disorderly conduct, reports CBS Minnesota on Sunday.

Serge Vorobyov, a 29-year-old Apple Valley resident from Minnesota, tossed out $1,000 in one-dollar bills on Black Friday at the Mall of America. Tis the season for cheer, and what better way to spread some glee than to air drop cash onto the heads of frantic shoppers.

Police officials from Bloomington didn’t quite see it that way, briefly arresting Vorobyov after he threw out the cash from the mall’s upper level and escalator to the outstretched arms of scrambling holiday shoppers below. Fittingly, “Let it Snow,” was being sung by a choir group below.

“I went through a horrible divorce, and she even took the cat and won’t tell me where it is. I thought I would just spread some holiday cheer… pay it forward,” explained Vorobyov of his actions. "I don't see how holiday cheer is disorderly."

Umm have you ever seen the way free money whips crowds up into a frenzied mass of heaving linebackers?

Nevertheless, Vorobyov was hoping that one person in particular would notice his unselfish gesture – his ex-wife. Perhaps she would see his magnanimous act and take him back. Or perhaps the cash he was flinging out was her alimony. We’ll never know.

We can’t say that his deed was one hundred percent selfless however. An examination of the bills showed that Vorobyov stamped his YouTube address on each one.

Vorobyov was cited for his conduct and banned from the mall for one year.

“I don’t regret it,” he said. “Everyone is having fun and I think that’s what life is about having fun, just following your heart.”

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