‘Hidden Cash’ Has Apparently Been in Boston All Along

TO GO WITH AFP STORY US-Internet-money-charity-offbeat Kurt Dee from Queens, New York, finds a envelope with money as part of the @HiddenCash scavenger hunt on June 14, 2014 in New York's Central Park. The frenzied scavenger hunt for large sums of cash hidden in public hit New York on Saturday, with $2,000 in envelopes stashed across Central Park and Brooklyn. The money comes from wealthy real estate investor Jason Buzi and a group of anonymous friends and began the hunts in San Francisco. A man calling himself, Thierry, spoke to AFP as he hid $1,000 in Central Park before setting out to drop another $1,000 in Brooklyn. "Jason was thinking about doing something a little bit different, more fun -- maybe smaller quantities that won't change anyone's life, or maybe it will in a different way, depends what they do with it" Thierry said. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Kurt Dee from Queens, New York, found an envelope with money as part of the @HiddenCash scavenger hunt on Saturday.
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Real estate investor-turned philanthropist-for-the-people Jason Buzi continues to spread his monetary love further around the country through his “social experiment” of leaving cash in random, public locations for anyone to find and keep.

This time around, he and his Hidden Cash campaign chose New York City on Saturday to secretly place envelopes that each contained a $50 bill and a silver half-dollar.

Buzi’s glorified game of Hide and Seek started on Twitter as an “anonymous social experience for good” in San Francisco and was obviously an instant hit, as free money usually is.

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So, of course, the question many people probably want to know is: Now that the “social experience” has traveled to the east coast, when will it move on up north to the Hub?

Depending who you ask, it’s already here. Actually, it’s been here. Since 2011, reported Metro, referring to a very similar initiative operating in and around Boston.

Wakefield natives Steven Grant and Richard Cook have been operating “Plenty of Twenties” for three years now, with the only difference between the two veritable scavenger hunts being the increments of the cash that is left.

Wakefield, MA 101012 Childhood friends Dr. Richard Cook (Cq) left, and Steve Grant of Boston, tape a $20.00 bill to a tree in downtown Wakefield, MA. They have been giving away $20 dollar bills now for about a year and are the founders of Plenty O' Twenties. On October 10, 2012 we caught up with them as they hide some $20s in downtown Wakefield, MA. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ NOWK
Steven Grant taped a $20 bill to a tree in downtown Wakefield in 2012 as part of his Plenty Of Twenties cash giveaway.
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Apparently, the phrase “no idea’s original” has been proven true once again.

Grant issued a statement that he’s clearly all for giving away free money but that it would also be nice for Hidden Cash to give Plenty of Twenties it’s just due, according to Metro.

“I think it’s great what he or she or them is doing, making people’s days just like us. And it looks like they can give even more money away than we can,” Grant said in the statement. “I mean it’d be nice if he gave us credit for the idea though. He’s even calling it a social experiment, using clues, etc. But hey that’s their prerogative.”

We’re all for credit being given where it’s due, but, whatever the case is, I think most of us would still welcome Hidden Cash’s arrival in Boston while Plenty of Twenties keeps stashing those Andrew Jacksons around the city.