A hidden cash scavenger hunt, which seems to have originated in San Francisco, California, as a "social experiment," has spread to Chattanooga.
The idea is that an anonymous donor hides cash around a city, then tweets clues and pictures of where it can be found.
Hidden Cash #Cha popped up May 28, according to Twitter.
Starting a bit smaller than the gentleman in San Francisco. If someone in every city did cool stuff like this, it would be nice.
— Hidden Cash #CHA (@HiddenCashChatt) May 28, 2014
The first drop was Sunday evening. The Chattanooga resident who started the local movement said via email that he just wanted to do something fun for the city.
Where would you ACCESS a Golf Course with no balls. First drop complete. ReTweet, Follow and share your findings. pic.twitter.com/iSTlqeIw0i
— Hidden Cash #CHA (@HiddenCashChatt) June 1, 2014
The money was hidden at the disc golf park on Access Road in Hixson. The first envelope had $20 inside, and the local donor said he won't put a "huge amount" in any one envelope. His motivation is "philanthropy and fun."
"I would hope [everyone pays it forward], but it's just going by the 'honor code,' I suppose," the local donor said. "If you find a drop and really need it, by all means, use it. But if not, you're just part of a fun, growing scavenger hunt."
The local donor also noted that he is not affiliated with any of the other Hidden Cash Twitter accounts, such as the one that started in San Francisco.
"I'm doing this on my own with @HiddenCash's typical structure," the local donor said.
According to Business Insider, the donor from California explained that the idea started as a pay-it-forward scavenger hunt, but it became much more.
The San Francisco donor wrote:
The worldwide interest that has been spawned is tremendous, and though personally surprising, in some ways it is understandable. I think we may have struck a chord with people for a few reasons:
1. Everyone likes free cash. :)
2. Many people enjoy a real world scavenger hunt.
3. Many people who don't go on the hunt themselves enjoy following the excitement and positive stories of people participating and so often paying it forward.
4. In many ways, we have become alienated from each other, and perhaps this is a fun way for people to come together.
The only thing Hiddencash is trying to promote is random acts of kindness. Don't be cynical. There is goodness in the world. Love.
— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) May 29, 2014
Disclaimer: The writer of this article found the first envelope in Chattanooga.
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