An anonymous good Samaritan says they’re hiding $100 bills all over San Francisco as a “social experiment.”
"This will continue indefinitely. There is nothing commercial behind this. It is a social experiment," the anonymous real estate mogul told the Bold Italic blog in an email.
"Our Twitter page will show people where the money is hidden,” the email said. “There are a few hundred dollars hidden last night already, and this will continue. We have two $100 bills hidden and some $20s."
“5 minutes past midnight, and no one but me at this famous SF landmark - City Hall. Left $50 right on the stairs,” they tweeted at 3:16 a.m. Saturday.
The account has nearly 5,000 followers.
“Overwhelmed with joy at the following and love coming our way. Planning to keep on giving for the foreseeable future. More soon,” says its latest tweet.
The anonymous do-gooder told the blog they made a lot of money in Bay Area real estate and has given a lot to charity, including East Palo Alto Kids Foundation and food banks like Loaves and Fishes.
"I've made millions of dollars the last few years, more than I ever imagined, and yet many friends of mine, and people who work for me, cannot afford to buy a modest home in the Bay Area," they wrote. "This has caused me quite a bit of reflection. I am determined to give away some of the money I make, and in addition to charity, to do it in fun, creative ways like this."
They plan to make cash drops once or twice a week, “with no end in sight.”
"This is my way of giving back to the community and also having fun. [I] was just kicking around ideas with a friend yesterday and we decided to start hiding a bunch of cash in different places around the city," they said. "The bigger idea is just to give back, both financially and a sense of fun to the community that has made me wealthy."