Hidden cash anyone? Attention Twitter buffs who live in San Francisco and who like an old fashioned treasure hunt. Get your thinking caps on and your GPS fired up for a chance at a hidden envelope of cash. An anonymous millionaire who lives in the Bay Area has decided to give something back. Hundreds of somethings actually. If you would like to make a quick twenty or hundred or so, head over to Twitter and follow the cryptic clues leading to hidden payouts all around the city.
According to USA Today on May 27, the millionaire, who made his fortune in real estate, is getting in touch with his altruistic roots, and paying his good fortunes forward. The young man (USA Today reports he revealed he’s between 35 and 45) is using the Twitter handle @HiddenCash, and has already given away $4,000 starting last Thursday.
The man now has over 60K followers, and because of the success in his hometown of SanFran, he has now announced on Twitter that he will be taking his philanthropic efforts to San Jose starting on Wednesday of this week. He also announced earlier today that once his Twitter account reaches 100,000 followers, a “huge giveaway” will follow.
As an example of the clues, the anonymous well-to-do tweeted out on Memorial Day: “Life is a beach, and I’m just playing in the sand,” along with a photo of a beachfront. An hour later, the fortunate finder tweeted back a photo of him holding at least $80 bucks.
“I've made millions of dollars the last few years, more than I ever imagined, and yet many friends of mine, and people who work for me, cannot afford to buy a modest home in the Bay Area,” the mystery donor said. “This has caused me quite a bit of reflection. I am determined to give away some of the money I make, and in addition to charity, to do it in fun, creative ways like this.”
As far as how long he can keep it up? We’re happy to report that the millionaire plans to do it “indefinitely.” Cities he will be coming to soon include New York and Los Angeles. “I'm giving right now about a thousand a day. For me, that's definitely manageable.”
According to the Huffington Post, the donor is hoping that his actions will set an example for others to follow his lead. The real estate magnate says that his money drops are meant to inspire others who have the means and ability to give back. “I’m in that in that one percent, which some people loathe,” he explained. “But rather than hating the people that are successful, my point would be to encourage people that have been successful to give back more.”
All the man behind @HiddenCash asks in return is that the finder of the cash post a tweet and pic of their discovery. So what are your thoughts on the actions of this wealthy benefactor? Should he be admired for his time and efforts to give away small sums of cash to people who may or may not actually need it? Or should he follow a traditional route and stick to giving to reputable charities? Sound off below.