The unknown donor made the deposit near a fountain in Griffith Park
on Wednesday night, and local television showed throngs of people
searching frantically for the hidden loot.
"What was originally meant to be a pay-it-forward scavenger hunt for
San Francisco, has become much bigger than San Francisco and more
than a scavenger hunt," the mystery benefactor said in a message
posted on his Twitter account, @HiddenCash.
The man, who had more than 330,000 Twitter followers by Friday
morning, revealed little about his identity but wrote that he came
up with the scheme while dining with a friend last week as a fun way
to give back to the community
"There have been large crowds lately. Please walk and drive safely,"
he wrote. "A young woman ran right in front of my car a few days
ago. I will do my best to pick locations that are safe, but please
use common sense and caution."
The covert philanthropist said he had also been overwhelmed with
emails asking for financial assistance since starting the game but
could not respond and was instituting a "media blackout" for the
next few weeks.
He began tweeting out clues to the latest drops on Friday morning.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna
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