Santa throws money; gets thrown out of Mall of America

Tyler Ketz won $6,000 playing the slots recently. His first child was also born. So Tyler was feeling good about life and wanted to spread it around a bit.

So he went to the Mall of America over the weekend, went up to the fourth floor and started throwing money to the people below, Fox 9 reports.

“I thought is there something better I can do with this money?” said Ketz. “What else can I do with this? Why is it burning a hole in my pocket?”

The shoppers were cool with the idea. The mall authorities were not.

They threw him off the property and banned him for 24 hours.

“The message is: it’s the Christmas spirit,” said Ketz. “To give, to care for people you don’t know. Show love to your fellow human. It doesn’t matter who or what class they are.”

“The safety and security of our guests has and always will be our top priority. In an effort to help guests give back, Mall of America hosts several charity partners onsite,” the mall said in a statement.

  • chlost

    So, throw your money away IN the stores, not outside of them.

  • RBHolb

    In 1967, Abbie Hoffman and others threw money from the visitors’ gallery to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Two weeks later, the Exchange enclosed the gallery with bullet-proof glass.

    In all temples of capitalism, money has its place.

  • Jeff

    I’m going off-topic but I’m really annoyed with calling customers, guests. I get what they’re trying to do but it rubs me the wrong way, as a sort of corporate-speak. Others like this:
    associates = employees
    technicians = mechanics
    good user experience = easy to use, intuitive

    • Don’t forget “team members”

    • Mike Worcester

      And uniforms are now called “career apparel”.

    • Kassie

      Now I’m trying to remember all the weirdness that is Disney World. Break areas were called “off stage” I think. Employees are “cast members.” Tunnels are called Utilidors. Little girls are princesses. Creepy weird ass place.

    • wjc

      And don’t leave out the part when they don’t want you to be a “team member” any more. IBM once called a layoff “involuntary attrition”.

    • Jack Ungerleider

      I guess I’d argue the technicians = mechanics line because today’s automobiles are at least as much tech as they are machine.

    • RBHolb

      I hate being a “guest” of a retail outlet. I would much rather be a customer.

      Guests have to behave themselves. Customers are always right.

      • Jeff

        They want the team members to make sure the guests a good experience though. As a customer you don’t get an experience I guess.

        “Experience” is the one thing I really go off on. I am a software developer and the buzz-phrase is that we want to create a “good user experience”. I suppose strictly speaking everything we sense is an experience, but there’s a much higher threshold for me. Going to the theater, a concert, or visiting Thailand, is an experience. Visiting a website or using Word doesn’t register as an experience to me. Going shopping might get there if they provided some exceptional entertainment or a free buffet (with shrimp) but mostly I just want to buy the stuff I need and get out of there.

  • BReynolds33

    A few years back, a guy was changed with disturbing the peace for throwing $1000 off the fourth floor of MOA. Good to know we have brought it down to simple banishment from the temple.

  • MarkUp

    Did he miss the Salvation Army bell ringer on his way in?

    • Joseph

      Considering the Salvation Army has a less then stellar reputation of helping people in need or who are in crisis, especially if the person is LGBTQ or not Christian — many people prefer to give money to more worthy causes, or to other people directly instead of the S.A..

      • Jeff C.

        What I liked about MarkUp’s comment is that it made me realize that Mr. Ketz could have done more good for the world if he gave a $1,000 donation to one organization instead of a couple of bucks to 500 people. He also put the safety of the people below him at risk with his act of generosity — a child could have easily been stepped on while adults walked around, focused upward, looking for free money. Meanwhile, if, for example, he gave $1,000 to a food-shelf, they could have bought food that would feed 500 people. Its nice that he wanted to make people happy; he could have done more with his money.

      • MarkUp

        If you had an extra $1,000 in your pocket, and you had to be charitable with it, what would you do? Which organizations would you look towards?

  • Jerry

    When making a descision you should ask yourself “what would Pac-Man Jones do?” and then not do what he would do.

  • cdvr2005

    Hey more simple way to help. Why you don’t take a trip to your local court house on the days that evictions are seen? If you really want to make a difference, just approach any of the families that are going thru this painful situation. Don’t be judgemental or pry for reasons, there is a lot of good people that is going thru this because either extra expenses, family emergencies, car repairs, lost their job…. And so on. I bet you that anyone on their situation will be eternally thankful for your unexpected blessing towards them and their families. Just a thought… Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family.