NEW YORK, August 1, 2014 — It’s time for a road trip!
The Hidden Cash scavenger hunting game is returning to New York this weekend.
Hidden Cash organizer, Jason Buzi told the Daily News that this Sunday, August 3, 2014, an estimated 30 Pez dispensers will be hidden on a New York beach.
Instead of candy, the Pez containers will each contain cash.
And if cold, hard cash isn’t worth a day of hunting, whoever locates the Superman dispenser will find a voucher for two round trip airline tickets to anywhere in the United States.
The twitter handle @HiddenCash, will tweet out clues to the beach location on the day of the drop.
A total of $2,500 will be stashed on the beach this weekend.
Another plan @HiddenCash has planned for Sunday is to stop at an undisclosed grocery store in the Bronx and give the management $1,000 to be used to pay for everyone’s purchases until the money runs out.
Buzi is a San Francisco based real estate entrepreneur who started the money scavenger hunt this past spring in California.
Information about the hunts spread like wildfire through social media and currently has more than 725,000 followers on Twitter.
The @HiddenCash hunts have turned up in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, London and Madrid.
The initial purpose behind the hiding of cash around a city and tweeting clues for followers to locate was to encourage people to “pay it forward” and do something for others with the found money. Although some have donated the found cash or bought books for a public library, many who have posted finding the hidden money have not reported what they have done with the funds.
The game has received some criticism due to the damage to the infrastructure that has been created by hundreds of hunters all converging on relatively small areas.
On July 11, 2014, a cash drop in a park in Whittier, California resulted in significant damage when 1,000 people showed up searching for hidden cash.
The searchers trampled on plants, broke off tree branches, knocked down fences and even pulled up newly planted trees believing the cash was hidden under them.
Residents and police could not access the park and the neighborhood throughout the night as more and more hunters continued to converge on the small park.
After photos of the damage made their way through the social media universe, Buzi reached out to the community and paid $5,000 for repairs and the overtime for the police officers.
Buzi stated that he would reconsider night drops as it seemed to fuel a more rowdy crowd.
After this weekend’s Pez drop, Buzi is reporting that the group is going to take a break for awhile although he does not expect it to be a permanent end to the game.
The group has been participating in this hide and seek game continuously since May and they need time to take a break and reorganize.