WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 — A Twitter account popped up May 23, 2014 giving clues on how to find free money in San Francisco.
The clues were cryptic, with a scavenger hunt feel, containing directions on where to find envelopes loaded with cash.
The Twitter universe is slowly filling with photos of people who have located the hidden cash so yes…it is real.
— KenWayne (@KenWayne) May 26, 2014
The person behind the money was located by KTVU and turns out to be a wealthy real estate developer who wishes to remain anonymous. @HiddenCash wants everyone to know that the hidden cash is not a replacement in any way for charitable donations, he still makes those, but he thought that this way would be fun for everyone. The real estate developer only has one request for anyone who locates some of the hidden cash: If you find the cash, please pay it forward and do some good with it.
He will be blessed for his good deeds. Hope it Gets in the hands of those who really can use it. #hiddencash
— janellmatthews (@janellmatthew) May 27, 2014
At a time when there is so must sadness, misery and conflict in our world, it is wonderful to have something happy and positive to focus on for awhile.
In just a few days, several envelopes have been found. At times the clues are posted just minutes apart. The first day there were 12 different drops of envelopes full of money.
Some of the clues contain a photo of a location, and searchers must identify it to find the cash. For example, one photo showed a picture of a Salvation Army store but no other information other than the store front and sign.
Other clues are riddles like, “sit on me to check out the most beautiful ‘ladies’ in San Francisco”.
Announcements of drops can be found on @HiddenCash on Twitter
As for the paying it forward, that seems to be happening too.
The hidden cash Twitter account is rapidly expanding with tweets from those who have found the cash and what they have done with it.
Most of the photos showing the found money show $100 bills or multiple $20s, so although it is not clear at this time if all of the drops contain the same amount of money, no one is complaining.
It took a few finds before people decided that doing something good with the money was as rewarding as keeping it.
Hunter, Nick Lamb @NickelNickel was the first finder to post how he was paying the find forward. He located the cash at the Free Library and used it to donate books to the institution.
Alfie Estrada gave it to his favorite charity, AIDS Lifecycle, and Forrest Hanson found a drop on the beach and passed it out to other beach goers.
Others are finding the hunt itself almost as much fun as actually finding the cash.
People across the city are enjoying the game of trying to figure out the clues and racing around the city in a giant scavenger hunt game.
One such player posted a tweet that although he has yet to find any cash, he has made some new friends and having a great time.
Currently the followers to @HiddenCash are at 52,000. A Tweet last night reported that when the followers hit 100,000 there will be a “huge” giveaway.
Today, Hidden Cash reported that the giveaways are expanding and moving outside of the city of San Francisco.
The Twitter feed told its followers that there will be a drop on Wednesday in San Jose.
Will be giving away money in San Jose on Wednesday. Stay tuned!
— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) May 27, 2014
@HiddenCash is a social experiment that no one minds being part of. One follower of the twitter account posted that she hopes other wealthy people follow the San Francisco lead in other cities.
Until the hidden envelopes come to our cities, everyone can enjoy the hunt virtually by following via twitter.