Person behind "HiddenCash" in St. Louis speaks out

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 6:19 AM

(KMOV) -- One of the people behind @HiddenCash314, the Twitter account leading people to free cash across the St. Louis area, is speaking publicly for the first time.

The international "HiddenCash" frenzy started on social media after someone started dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco, Calif. last month. Over the weekend, the movement  made its way to St. Louis.

It started in San Francisco with an anonymous benefactor using the Twitter handle @HiddenCash who posted hints and lead followers to envelopes of money.

On Saturday, someone began tweeting from @HiddenCash314, posting hints to the location of free cash in the St. Louis area. The account had more than 8,700 Twitter followers and 12,600 Facebook "likes" by Tuesday morning, and asked people to follow to get hints to the locations of free cash.

At last count, two envelopes of cash had been given away by Monday night.

On Monday, News 4 This Morning's Steve Harris talked with one of the people behind the movement. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he and others involved reside in St. Louis and want to give back to the city.

"We always watch the news and unfortunately there's always bad stuff and not enough good stuff," he said. 

"So we thought, 'why don't we take this opportunity to give out some cash and lift people's spirts and stuff."

Harris: So is the money coming from your pockets?

"Yes, it's not being fundraised or anything like that," he told Harris. "This is 100 percent money that we worked for."

Harris: Do you hang around to see the faces?

"It's exciting to see smile's on people's face, whether it's $20 or $200."

Harris: Is it the same amount each time or a different amount?

"The more (Facebook) likes we get, the more (Twitter) followers we get, the bigger the pot." 

 

 

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