WHITTIER (AP) — When the man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his scavenger hunt to Whittier, California, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money.
Now Jason Buzi, the Bay Area real estate investor behind the cash giveaways, says he will pay for the damage.
Tuesday, Buzi tweeted that he has agreed to send the city of Whittier $5,000 to cover the cost of repairs.
Just to clarify, $$$ to reimburse Whittier will be sent by check, not hidden...—
Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) July 16, 2014
City Manager Jeff Collier says cash hunters trampled on plants, uprooted a newly planted tree, tore apart sprinkler heads and broke fences.
Collier says Buzi was apologetic and Whittier appreciates his gesture.
Through Twitter, Buzi has directed people to envelopes with $50 and $100 inside them in San Francisco and across Southern California in recent months.
Buzi calls his giveaways a “social experiment for good.”
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