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Washington - The Mall of America in Minnesota on Monday was coping with the aftermath of an indoor shower of dollar bills thrown by a man who said he was down on his luck and wanted to spread Christmas cheer.

Serge Vorobyov posted a video he made while he threw the money on Friday from a fourth-floor balcony of the giant shopping and entertainment complex with more than 520 shops.

"Crazy Guy Throws 1,000 Dollars off 4th Floor at Mall of America," reads the headline of Vorobyov's posting on YouTube. It shows the bills raining down on a crowd of shoppers while a trio of singers performed 'Let it Snow.'

Mall of America spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt told the Minneapolis Star Tribune Vorobyov disrupted the performance and his antics could have caused a serious situation. Mall security guards also disapproved of Vorobyov's dollar toss and gave him a citation for disorderly conduct.

But Vorobyov said in a separate YouTube video that his idea was to "spread some holiday cheer, be positive and ... let it snow money."

The 29-year-old said it had been a tough year. In addition to the divorce he lost his car-hauling business, he said. But he enjoyed throwing the money, which said was his last 1 000 dollars.

"I don't have enough money for a lot of things and I'm going through a horrible divorce," he said. "She even took the cat and won't tell me were it is."

Police said Vorobyov's stunt was for publicity as part of an effort to reconcile with his wife.

They told the Star Tribune he stamped the bills with his YouTube site to direct people to it. By late Monday it had been viewed 12 579 times and garnered 197 likes. It is now sitting on 280 739 views and 737 likes.

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