Mysterious Hidden Cash Envelope Giveaway Comes to Baltimore

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What is it with this summer? People are just giving away money… to complete strangers… in envelopes that they stash around town. (Not that we’re complaining.) So if you’re in the need for a little extra pocket money, point your Twitter feed toward @IHidTheCash, who announced yesterday that he’s planning to bring his hidden cash drops to Baltimore this weekend.

The current hidden cash trend started last month in San Francisco, where the mysterious cash hider decided to spread the wealth after netting $500,000 in a real estate deal. He spent a week or so planting $1,000 around town, usually in $20 increments, and posting clues to the location on Twitter. Then the Today Show got in on the hidden envelope frenzy. And then a copycat cash hider started stashing cash in DC.

One lucky DC winner, via @IHidTheCash
One lucky DC winner, via @IHidTheCash

Why give away cash this way? “Giving is the new getting!” proclaims @IHidTheCash. “In many ways, we have become alienated from each other, and perhaps this is a fun way for people to come together,” @HiddenCash wrote. Or maybe it’s all just a dark symbol of our post-recession world, in which unemployment means that plenty of people spend their afternoons at home, browsing the internet, ready to drop everything to go chase down $20?

Nah. It’s probably just because everyone loves a scavenger hunt.



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