NEW YORK (AP) -- Even giving away something for free can turn into a
hassle in New York.
A video-sharing Web site set out to observe Leap Day by handing out
prizes worth up to $29 on February 29 outside Union Square Park.
As the clocked toward the event's scheduled time -- 2:29 p.m. -- people
shouting "Make it rain!" and "Give me my money!" ***led one another
and mobbed the costumed representatives of CashTomato.com
Some people wrested bags of cash-stuffed envelopes and other items from
the CashTomato workers, said Jason Buzi, who identified himself as the
company's senior vice president.
The prize givers weren't the only ones who were overwhelmed.
"Before I knew it, I was on the floor" and under a pile of people, said
Anabel DeJesus, 17. She left without any prize. "It's not worth it."
Police didn't have any information Saturday on whether anyone was
injured or arrested.
Buzi said CashTomato has staged relatively uneventful giveaways in other
cities, and he was startled by the Manhattan mayhem.
"It turned out to be a lot of aggressive people," he said. "Maybe next
time, I would plan this better.