When the rich give back to society in the form of charity, lots of good things happen. Infusions of money augment social services, provide a boost to cultural arts programs, and give an immeasurable sense of accomplishment and satisfaction to the benefactors who want to complete a cycle of wealth.
So what to make of a Russian multimillionaire's recent prank? Pavel Durov, CEO of a social networking site, amused himself by tossing paper airplanes made of $5,000-ruble notes (approximately $160) out the window of his office in St. Petersburg to the pedestrians below.
What ensued was not pretty but probably predictable. Some in the crowd scrambling for the bills turned violent, and Durov wrote on his Twitter account that he had to stop because "people turned into animals." He added that "definitely, more such actions are to follow."
Durov's net worth is estimated at $260 million. Before he pulled back from his paper-airplane stunt, he had tossed the equivalent of about $2,000 out the window.
With his level of wealth, you'd think Durov could come up with a better way to gain personal fulfillment than by tossing what equates to a few coins into a crowd just to watch the reaction.
What do you think of Durov's prank?
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