Los Angeles : An unusual scavenger hunt for cash has been triggered in the US city of San Francisco by an anonymous millionaire who is hiding envelopes stuffed with up to $100 and posting clues to the money on Twitter, reports PTI.
The $100 bills or envelopes containing several $20 bills are amounting to $1,000-a-day philanthropy in what the Twitter account appropriately dubbed Hidden Cash calls “an anonymous social experiment for good.”
The Twitter page features selfies of joyous people who found the money — flashing smiles and cash — with testimonials of what they are going to do next.
The anonymous donor and owner of the Twitter page is a real estate investor who had the good fortune of joining the wealthiest 1 per cent of American society, especially in the past few years, he said.
The anonymous man is also hiding cash in Oakland and San Jose apart from San Francisco.
When he recently closed a deal with a six-figure profit, the philanthropist decided to “give some of it back” through random acts of kindness, the man told CNN.
“This is not a set-up charity, but I wanted to do something fun and creative,” he said.
“We were thinking of something like the ‘Survivor’ TV show or something of that nature that was a scavenger hunt.
They were basically too involved. So what we did was hide cash in different places.
I thought it would be fun, but it’s also something simple to execute.
All you’re doing is leaving money and putting clues on Twitter,” he said. The man said he is between ages 35 and 45 — and would give no more information.
He maintains anonymity because he wants the attention on his pay-it-forward activities, not himself. “There’s some crazy people out there in the world,” he added.