Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Throwing Money In Public

Throwing Money In Public *


..Timeline

November 29, 2013 Throwing Money At Mall of America On Black Friday, a man threw $1000 in dollar bills into the air off an escalator at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota. He told officials that he had a bad year but just wanted to raise spirits, but security arrested Serge Vorobyov and charged him with disorderly conduct that could have got people hurt. Previously, people have been arrested in Japan and Taiwan for throwing money in public, as well as James Jay Lee who threw money in March 2008 in a rally outside the Discovery Communications headquarters building before he later died in a terrorist-style hostage standoff.


Year 2010


  1. Japanese man arrested for throwing £20000 onto highway - Telegraph

    www.telegraph.co.uk › News › World News › Asia › Japan

    7:00AM BST 17 May 2010 ... the incident called emergency services to report that a man was throwing money across the Higashi-Meihan expressway.

  2. Japanese man arrested for throwing £20,000 onto highway

    A Japanese man has been detained by police after scattering tens of thousands of pounds worth of bank notes across a busy highway in Japan.


    The 49-year-old man was spotted by drivers throwing banknotes into the air while standing near an expressway tollbooth in Aichi prefecture.
    Stacks of 10,000 yen notes – each worth an estimated £73 - were among the bills that the man was tossing towards the busy road during the incident.








April 2009

Taiwan police arrest man for throwing money on expressway

www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-04/13/content_7672524.htm‎
Apr 13, 2009 - TAIPEI -- Taiwan police on Sunday arrested a 43-year-old man for throwing 1,000 New Taiwan dollar (US$30) banknotes from a taxi on an ...
Taiwan police arrest man "possessed by ghosts" for throwing money ...
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/13/content_11178529.htm‎
Apr 13, 2009 - TAIPEI, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan police on Sunday arrested a 43-year-old man for throwing 1,000 New Taiwan dollar (30 U.S. dollar) ...admitted during police questioning that he may have thrown over one million New Taiwan dollars worth of banknotes on the road. Chen said the money was made by selling his housing properties and that he was "possessed by five ghosts."
    Chen's mother said he was mentally unstable because of drug addictions.
    Police found Chen also burned 1,000 New Taiwan dollar bills in a hotel room on Saturday. He still had 920,000 New Taiwan dollars left when he was caught.

Funny Moment: Man arrested for throwing money

funny-moment.blogspot.com/2009/.../man-arrested-for-throwing-money...‎
TAIWAN police have arrested a 55-year-old man for lobbing bank notes worth about T$1 million ($41,000) from vehicles, causing disorder in the streets.
  1. Man arrested for throwing money | News.com.au

    www.news.com.au/...arrested...throwing-money.../story-e6frflri-122569...

    Apr 13, 2009 - Man arrested for giving away $41000 Endangerment, destruction of currency State of mind "wasn't normal"



March 2008


  1. Money-throwing protester gets probation, fine - Gazette.Net

    www.gazette.net/stories/032608/burtnew212253_32361.shtml


  2. California man who was arrested after throwing thousands of dollars into the air at a rally outside of Discovery Communications last month was told by a judge on Friday that he would be thrown in jail for up to 60 days if he came within 500 feet of the building.  James Jay Lee, 40, of San Diego was also given six months of supervised probation and fined $500 by Associate Judge Stephen P. Johnson, who quipped that if Lee was so keen on throwing money away, ‘‘you can give some to the state.”‘‘I can’t tell you how foolish this is,” Johnson said before handing Lee his verdict in Silver Spring’s District Court.
According to District Court records, Lee was released March 5, and he said he has since been living at a homeless shelter run by Progress Place in Silver Spring. Lee said his temporary home was ‘‘kind of ironic,” because he had been paying homeless men $80 a day to build the numbers of demonstrators at his one-man protest.
‘‘By the last day, I couldn’t pay them all,” Lee said.
Lee was arrested with about $21,000 in cash in the duffel bag he had with him at the protest, Meng testified. Johnson told Lee that he would get his bag of money back.
Lee said he had sold several inherited properties in Maui, Hawaii, where he lived prior to moving to San Diego, to pay for the protest, including about $30,000 for full-page advertisements in newspapers. Lee said he had one property left, worth about $200,000, and had plans to give it away in a ‘‘save the planet contest.”
Lee said he began his crusade to save the planet after being laid off from his job in San Diego and reading ‘‘Ishmael,” a novel by Daniel Quinn about a gorilla that tells a man what it is like to live in captivity in a world where humans exploit natural resources.
Lee said he then felt an ‘‘awakening,” watched former Vice President Al Gore’s documentary ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth,” and decided he had been doing too little to protect the environment.
‘‘I was a man working alone, so obviously I didn’t do too well,” he said. ‘‘After this, I’ll stay here for a while, make a few more moves, complete the contest. ... It’s still worth a shot.”


  1. Mad Money Dash in Silver Spring - YouTube

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lqk7c5pAGU

    Mar 3, 2008 - Uploaded by Pinachina
    Update: The man in this video who was throwing money is also the gunman of .... James J. Lee Manifesto (Discovery Channel Hostage Crisis!)  ...

  2. VIDEO: James Lee Throwing Cash In The Air During Earlier Stunt At ...

    www.businessinsider.com/video-james-lee-throwing-money-2010-9

    Sep 1, 2010 - Two years James Jay Lee was arrested for throwing money in the front of the same Discovery Channel offices, where is holding hostages now.

  3. James J. Lee, Discovery Channel hostage-taker, coffee shop ...

    www.tbd.com/.../james-j-lee-discovery-channel-host...

    Sep 2, 2010
    James J. Lee, Discovery Channel hostage-taker, coffee shop ...that now infamous moment when Lee began throwing moneyinto the air in front  ...