Serge Vorobyov was banned from the Mall of America in suburban
Minneapolis for a year for the publicity stunt on Black Friday
that has drawn attention from national media.
Vorobyov, 29, said he hoped a YouTube 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.
Vorobyov said he is in the middle of a messy divorce and was
forced recently to close his car-hauling business. He said he
emptied his bank account and stamped the cash with his Facebook
and YouTube account information.
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."
"I had such an adrenaline rush, just throwing the money out like
a madman," Vorobyov said Monday.
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 Friday, it said.
"By throwing money into a crowd, Mr. Vorobyov could have caused
people to get injured by trying to scramble for the money or by
falling over the railings -- some of which are more than 40 feet
above the ground level," spokesman Dan Jasper said in an email.
Vorobyov was held by mall security until officials confirmed his
stunt had resulted in no injuries. He said he planned to write a
letter of apology to mall officials and hoped people would
understand he wasn't seeking monetary gain.
"I don't see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct," he said.
(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza in Dallas; Editing by David
Bailey and Leslie Adler)