The Free Money “Hunger Games” Is Happening Right Now
Some rich dude in San Francisco decided on May 23rd to unload some of that extra dough around the city and tweet out hints to find it. There have been several “drops” per day since then, usually in small wads of twenties. Over $4,000 have been recovered so far.
The mystery millionaire says that he is doing this as a “social experiment.” Clearly he’s committed to seeing the results if he’s sitting around waiting for people to find the cash.
While I picture people clawing each other’s eyes out when they reach the spot simultaneously (free money hunger games, anyone?), it turns out that most “players” aren’t planning to keep the cash.
For example, these sweethearts found the cash and began handing it out to families around the beach. Another player bought his whole office pizza while others say they plan to share it with friends or hand it out to homeless people. The millionaire claims that he intended for this to become a pay-it-forward campaign, and for the most part it has.
OF course, there will always be some who see competition as something that should be rewarded. Some players have gleefully collected the cash (and who can blame them), to use for personal gain. They have expressed plenty of appreciation for it! Sometimes $100 is exactly what you need. Luckily, so far, no one has been punched in the face or mauled. Let’s hope it stays that way.
Whether or not people keep the money, at least this millionaire is actually sharing it rather than dangling a carrot of cash that no one will ever actually get. Last spring, Warren Buffet offered a one-billion dollar prize for anyone with a perfect March Madness brackets, which is great but essentially impossible. Meanwhile, he wont one billion just in his first day of betting. Boo.
Whenever free money is involved, I’m on board. Let’s hope more rich people follow @HiddenCash’s lead!