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Sometimes when I get shot (killed) in Modern Warfare 3 (PS3), a plume of money shoots out of my player. What is that all about?

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It symbolizes your lost opportunity cost of having done something productive. – Nick T Nov 10 '11 at 3:21
It's a natural physiological response for the body to empty the bladder, bowels and pockets to traumatic or fatal injury. – CyberSkull Nov 10 '11 at 5:33
up vote 19 down vote accepted

"Payback", or when "a plume of money shoots out of [your] player", is when someone kills you that you previously killed (in multiplayer gameplay).

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