A man’s midlife crisis turned into holiday cheer for the herd of shoppers during Black Friday this year.
Serge Yorobyov, 29, took the pain from his current divorce and loss of his car hauling business and turned it into a crazy stunt on Friday.
He took his alleged last $1,000 and converted it into dollar bills. Then he stuffed the cash in a bag and headed to the Mall of America while crowds scrambled for deals.
A group of singers performed “Let it Snow” when the man started throwing the money, which was not planned.
"I thought I'd just spread some holiday cheer, be positive and pay-it-forward type of thing," he said in a video posted to YouTube on Sunday under his username where he explained his actions.
Shoppers saw dollar bills flutter around the store as Yorobyov stood on the escalator and flung money to the crowd.
Mall police did not think the act was very cheerful and worried that crowds of people would start a dangerous stampede for the loose bills. They found Yorobyov and cited him for disorderly conduct.
The report revealed that he was not just trying to be a secret Santa to the Minnesota mall. The act was a publicity stunt so that his soon-to-be ex-wife would return his cat and maybe change her mind about the divorce.
Some people found the act to be kind, while others chided him in the YouTube video’s comments sections about his desperate plea.
“I understand that desperate times lead to desperate measures, but you will not win back your wife, or you kitty, by dropping money to shoppers. Just be a good dude, and let the old wife go,” user itsnotthesamething posted on Monday.
Yorobyov was also banned from the mall for a year according to ABC News.