A man dressed as Santa Claus tossed 1,000 dollar bills from the fourth floor of the Mall of America into the rotunda full of shoppers found himself being thrown out of the mall by security personnel.
Tyler Ketz said he wasn’t trying to cause trouble. He just wanted to do a nice thing. He’d just won $6,000 on a slot machine and wanted to share his good luck with the world.
In a video shared on Facebook and YouTube, Ketz’s friend, Ryan Flores, uploaded the video to Facebook just before they tossed the cash to the unsuspecting shoppers.
Before reaching into a Ziploc bag filled with the $1 bills, Ketz said, “It’s better to give than to receive, and spread some love this Christmas.”
Ryan Flores said on his Facebook page, “Truly one of the coolest things I’ve gotten to be a part of. One of my best friends had an idea to throw 1000$ in 1’s from the top floor of the mall of America.”
After Ketz was banned from the mall for 24 hours, Mall of America released a statement in response and said, “Mall of America welcomes acts of kindness every day — especially during the holiday season,” the Mall of America said in a statement. “However, this incident created an unsafe environment for our guests — many of whom began reaching over the railings to grab the money being thrown into the space.”
The Star Tribune, who also covered the story added that at least one shopper described the experience as “magical.”
In the caption for this photo below, the Facebook poster wrote: “Saturday was my daughters 8th Birthday. We had just arrived at the mall with her & her friend to go on rides. We took the first elevator down to the first floor and when we turned the corner money was falling! She was able to get $1 and will forever have the memory that it rained money on her 8th Birthday!!! #magical”
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