Man 'makes it snow' with $1 bills

A US man who says he was trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing 1,000 dollar bills over an upper floor railing at Minnesota's Mall of America has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Serge Vorobyov, 29, admitted throwing his "last $1,000" from the fourth floor as a choir performed Let it Snow. Vorobyov said he also kept tossing cash as he continued down the escalator.

Vorobyov said he was going through a divorce, had lost his car hauling business and hoped the positivity of throwing the money would come back to him.

"I wanted to do some sort of pay it forward kind of thing," he said in a video posted on YouTube.

He invited his estranged wife to try to win her back but she didn't show up, he said.

Instead, Vorobyov was cited by police and released at the scene. He also was ordered not to go into the mall for a year.

Vorobyov had stamped the bills with his YouTube address and on his Facebook page he called the event a publicity stunt. When asked why he wanted the publicity, he said he wanted his cat back from his estranged wife.

Mall of America spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said it was the first time anyone had ever done something like that in the mall. She said Vorobyov disrupted the performance and could have caused a serious situation.

AP