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'Hidden cash craze' discovered at Flint elementary school

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A Flint man is the lucky recipient in the 'Hidden Cash Craze' that came to the city Friday morning. The cash was found at the shuttered Dort Elementary School.

Hundreds of hopeful residents scoured the streets of Flint on Friday looking to fill their pockets with some free cash.

"I was just thinking, someone was playing a joke or something," Samuel Tedford said. Tedford was the lucky finder of the hidden cash.

But it was no joke. Someone was paying it forward in a fun and clever way in Flint. An anonymous person behind the Twitter handle @flinthiddencash started dropping clues about an envelope of cash hidden somewhere in the city, causing dozens of people, including Tedford to start hunting for the cash.

Tedford said he started his search Friday morning at Flint Central, like most residents. Then he went to Powers on the clue 'when one door closes, another opens.' He and his uncle looked around there and didn't find anything. After hearing it might possibly be an elementary school they went to Clark to take a look.

"We got stuck in a hole back there behind Clark school. But we dug ourselves out," Tedford said.

They read something about the school maybe being near Saginaw Street. So they went by the old Dort Elementary. They took a quick look around and was getting ready to take off when his uncle said wait a second.

"I told him, let's get out and walk around these buildings. So he started this way, I started that way. Before I could even get around the building, he had found it," Donnie Tedford said.

Samuel said the $100 in the envelope will sure come in handy and he hopes someday he can return the favor.

"Hopefully one day I'll be at that point and I can do the same," he said.

The anonymous person behind the Twitter account said they will continue to hide random amounts of money throughout Flint.

The 'Hidden Cash Craze' involves envelopes full of money stashed in hidden areas around a city. The craze has already hit many different areas in the United States, mostly in California and New York.

It is also been reported in London, England.

"Anytime you can help people out it comes back full circle," Dan Sternbergh said.

Some residents think the cash craze could improve how others view the area.

"I think it could show the positive aspects of Flint and not all the negative aspects that people like to focus on," Emily Hanzek said.

The local Hidden Cash Craze operates under the Twitter handle @flinthiddencash and it resembles a scavenger hunt.

Some Flint residents said if they stumbled upon the cash, they would pay it forward.

"I feel like if I found it, it doesn't necessarily belong to me, but it's like there for me to do something more with it than spend on myself," Hanzek said.

Flint Councilman Eric Mays said he supports the movement.

"I wish it was about $10 billion they're giving away and whoever they are, if they can afford it, God bless them," Mays said.

Flint residents are excited about the possibility of finding their own envelope of cash. But other residents remain skeptical that this whole thing might just be a hoax.

Flint City Council President Scott Kincaid said the idea is OK, but he has other ideas on how he would spend the money.

"If they really want to help the community, there are organizations that are designed to help the community," Kincaid said.

For now, Flint residents seem to be onboard.

"Any positive thing you can say about an area and a community to get people going in the community, that's a positive," Sternbergh said.

Clues on the location of the cash will start being released on Thursday. But you won't be able to find the money until Friday.

The craze also has its share of skeptics. Many fake Twitter pages have been created trying to cash in on the action.

On June 24, a Kansas City TV station reported that fake accounts had been set up, asking people for donations and gift cards to fund the cash drops.

One Kansas City resident reported that one fake account asked the winner to meet him at a secluded area to claim the prize.

You can find out more information by heading to Twitter and searching the hashtag #HiddenCash.

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