NEW YORK Shoppers got a Christmas Eve surprise
on Monday when a pair of brothers handed out $100 (50 pound)
bills at a mall on Long Island, New York.
Police responded to a call from security staff at the
Sunrise Mall in the town of Massapequa, concerned that the
give-away might create a scene or involve counterfeit bills.
Instead, officers found a simple case of Christmas charity
where calm prevailed as the businessmen, aged 45 and 41, gave
out the money at the entrance to the shopping centre, police
"These two brothers say they do this every year. They say
they've been blessed and just want to give something back,"
Detective Sergeant Anthony Repalone said.
"They gave it to people who they thought needed it. The
people were very appreciative."
Police declined to identify the brothers, respecting their
wish to remain anonymous.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by John O'Callaghan)