A hidden cash scavenger hunt, which seems to have originated in San Francisco, California, as a “social experiment,” has spread to Chattanooga.

The idea is that an anonymous donor hides cash around a city, then tweets clues and pictures of where it can be found.

Hidden Cash #Cha popped up May 28, according to Twitter.


The first drop was Sunday evening. The Chattanooga resident who started the local movement said via email that he just wanted to do something fun for the city.

The San Franciscodonorwrote:

The worldwide interest that has been spawned is tremendous, and though personally surprising, in some ways it is understandable. I think we may have struck a chord with people for a few reasons:

1. Everyone likes free cash. 🙂

2. Many people enjoy a real world scavenger hunt.

3. Many people who don’t go on the hunt themselves enjoy following the excitement and positive stories of people participating and so often paying it forward.

4. In many ways, we have become alienated from each other, and perhaps this is a fun way for people to come together.