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Venice Beach Treasure Chest Discovery Punks Memorial Day Crowd: VIDEO

Venice Beach Treasure Chest Discovery Punks Memorial Day Crowd: VIDEO

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Pirates used to bury their treasure for safekeeping.

Unfortunately none of them seemed to be operating in Venice.

That didn't stop a group of pranksters from punking beach-goers -- "Sex Toy" Dave Levine of Millionaire Matchmaker allegedly among them -- over the weekend with a fake reveal of a treasure chest found buried in the sand:

The guys who buried the chest the night before showed up on a warm Memorial Day weekend afternoon to then pretended to make the find using a metal detector.

As they began to shovel out sand and fake-discover the chest, people form a crowd and chant, "Open it, open it!"

But when the chest was finally popped opened, what appeared to be gold coins were actually ...

... chocolates wrapped in gold-colored foil.

Good one.

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