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Millionaire hides envelopes of cash around San Francisco

Millionaire Hides Envelopes Of Cash Around San Francisco

This is an important public service announcement for anyone who lives in San Francisco: Stop what you're doing, lace up your running shoes, and go follow @HiddenCash on Twitter. One anonymous millionaire could make you a little bit richer, if you're quick enough.

On KPIX, "They were checking Twitter and said that right outside in the plaza someone was hiding $100 dollar bills under the chair out here. And I guess we were just a little bit too late to grab it today."

Here's how it works: Envelopes of cash have been mysteriously appearing around San Francisco over the weekend. To find the money, aspiring treasure hunters have to follow the Twitter account @HiddenCash, which tweets out clues and photos for every cash drop.

Once the tweet is out, the hunt is on. The lucky San Franciscans who managed to track down the money often posted Twitter pictures of their find. Just look at those happy faces!

Unfortunately, not every searcher got a happy ending. Here's Turner Kirk on Vine.

The mysterious benefactor behind @HiddenCash is remaining anonymous for now, but local paper The Bold Italic reports whoever's responsible made a fortune selling real estate in the Bay Area.

The @HiddenCash founder told the outlet​: "I've made millions of dollars the last few years, more than I ever imagined. ... This is my way of giving back to the community and also having fun." The founder also emphasized that much of his or her money had been given to proper charities.

Of course, random $100 bills probably won't solve the city's severe inequality problem - a recent analysis by The Brookings Institution found the wealth gap between San Francisco's richest and poorest citizens is growing faster than anywhere else in the country. Still, it's the thought that counts, right?

So far, @HiddenCash has given out about $4,000 in free money - and the cash flow isn't going to dry up anytime soon. The wealthy cash dropper told ABC the social experiment might even expand to other cities soon.

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hppycmpr35 May 26 2014 at 10:02 PM

Helping those who can afford cell phones and have time to play on twitter are not the ones who need the money, stop playing smug games and make the donations to genuine shelters for those who are in need and dont have time to "follow you"

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straight2spam May 27 2014 at 12:28 AM

Dear,Mr. Donor it`s good to share ,but it will be more wise to donate to real needs as, fight for cancer,St. Judes childrens Hospital and other charities needed for childrens future.Still thank you for your good thoughts. May GOD bless you.

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arlenefaile May 26 2014 at 9:50 PM

Giving is the greatest feeling ever, what a great story.

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Karen Bergman arlenefaile May 27 2014 at 12:11 AM


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ojedams May 27 2014 at 12:25 AM

You Americans are pathetic! The rich man and capitalism has made you into slaves of money. The rich can easily entertain himself by throwing money out in the street and watching the poor and lower classes jump at it like a bunch of starving park pidgins. When will you people wake up and rise against the fat cats who keep you poor and desperate for money?? The wealthy 1% are not and will never be your friends!! Workers of all nations unite!! K.Marx (1848)

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Loretta Jo E. May 27 2014 at 8:52 AM

I believe it is a wonderful thing that the Donor is doing. The story said he/she already donated to proper charities . The treasure hunt sounds fun and there is nothing wrong with it. Look how many rich people on tv make millions and never help anyone . Then when someone is doing kind others have to complain about how they do it . That is silly .

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Curtis May 27 2014 at 8:04 AM

So what you are saying is, that perhaps the most liberal city in the US also has the greatest income gap? And the president with the most liberal agenda in national history (since FDR) has seen the income gap grow?
What you thought to be true all along, is. Liberal polices dont work.

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thomashollman19 Curtis May 27 2014 at 8:24 AM


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kcarthey Curtis May 27 2014 at 8:55 AM

The income gap in The City is primarly due to the physical limitations in size of The City. San Francisco is squeezed into a space of 7 miles by 7 miles. Take out the space needed for roads, parks, businesses, etc and there simply is little residential space left. For that reason we have an incredible transportation system alowing commuters to easily get to work from the north, east or south. It really is a case of Conservative Capitalism and the free market, supply and demand.

In addition, as the financial capital of the west and the main door to Asia, jobs in The City pay very, very well. Again, Conservative Capitalism and the free market.

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DjMarco Andre kcarthey May 27 2014 at 1:14 PM

No, the income gap is because we are being deindustrialized and the ten steps to closing down an open society used by hitler are in place. The "action" plan is called Agenda 21 and it says owning land, homes and accumulating wealth is not sustainable development or smart growth so that means the wealthy are planning to take everything in the name of global warming which does not exist. It's called, problem action solution and we fell for it ever since 9/11. It's out in the open, go look up interviews people have done with rabbi finkelstein. Hate to break it to ya but this world is run by luciferians and they have socially engineered a false reality around us. Look it up.

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SemperFidelis May 26 2014 at 8:24 PM

Maybe the guy will just start putting hundreds in the mail. Would make me check the mail box more often. Now its what bills are due now?

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mad_dawg_1 SemperFidelis May 26 2014 at 8:36 PM

If they did that, you may never get it from the post office

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codenamesparrow May 26 2014 at 10:10 PM

He He x wife and you can't take it with you. Jesus said money and power will keep you distracted from god's love and mission in your life . Give it away and follow the lord your god's , words . 7 deadly sins god don't like Pride, Envy , Gluttony , Lust , Anger , Greed , Sloth.

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baileygc23 codenamesparrow May 27 2014 at 10:08 AM

The seven deadly sins were thought up by a monk. People living off others are the greedy ones. With the population grouth, we are running out of greedy people to rob.

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ghia codenamesparrow May 27 2014 at 6:27 PM

The religious nuts can't let any opportunity go by; have to preach.

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Dirk May 27 2014 at 10:40 AM

someone should do this in my town, but instead of cash, toothbrushes

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Marty and Diane May 27 2014 at 10:22 AM

For all the folks telling her that she should donate the money differently, it is her money, legally earned, and she can donate it any way she damn well pleases.

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