Hidden Cash Giveaway Returns to L.A.
The once-anonymous man behind the "Hidden Cash" Twitter account says he'll bring his treasure-hunt generosity back to L.A. this week.
The giveaways of $20 to sometimes $180 or so caused pandemonium in Los Angeles in late May when he hid cash around the county, causing some to run into traffic and swarm parks, beaches and other drop points to find the hidden currency.
Some of the money was stuffed into Angry Birds toys:
The real estate developer behind the giveaways, Palo Alto's Jason Buzi, says via Twitter that his cash will make new appearances in L.A., Orange County and the Inland Empire starting Thursday.
The program was most recently in San Diego, where Pez dispensers stuffed with $50 to $100 were hidden around town.
People find the cash by following the Hidden Cash Twitter account and reading the often-obvious clues.
The giveaways were enough of a concern in L.A. that Los Angeles police told us they were tracking the account and would be on the lookout for unruly crowds.
Buzi has said that he hit it big in the real estate game and wanted to help those less fortunate. By early June he had given away nearly $15,000 in cities throughout California.
He told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he planned to take Hidden Cash across the nation and even to London, Paris and Madrid this summer.
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