SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco — and causing an international frenzy on social media.
An anonymous man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash has been hiding money throughout the city since Friday, leading scores on a scavenger hunt. His Twitter following exploded from a few hundred Friday to more than 80,000 and counting by midday Tuesday.
One of his clues Tuesday told San Francisco followers to "find Mr. Franklin along the 'crookedest street,' (towards the bottom)."
Translation: There was a $100 bill at the bottom of Lombard Street, the popular touristy thoroughfare that's best known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."
Hidden Cash's anonymous creator said his giveaways are a "social experiment for good." He claims to make his money off San Francisco's hot and lucrative real estate market and hopes that winners also "pay it forward."
Two of his winners said Tuesday that they did just that.
Sergio Loza, 28, of San Francisco, said he saw a clue on Twitter Sunday morning with the message "Early bird gets the worm." He raced out and found an envelope with $50 inside taped to a parking meter in the city's Mission District.
Loza said he spent $30 on clothes for his 2-year-old niece's birthday and gave her the remaining $20 as well.