Early Monday morning, I did what ever well-rounded mainstream dope does in this country and turned on the T.V. to the mainstream news.
Local affiliates are generally packed full of weather and traffic reports but to change things up a bit, they mentioned that the well-known hidden cash hunt was coming to Dallas and would take place at 6PM that evening.
It took seconds of hesitation before I changed the channel.
I’m human enough to be interested but rational enough to know it’s a waste of time.
A waste of time because they said the envelopes would be placed around Victory park, the city’s perfect world kit section of the city.
It’s a place where you can buy a shitty Heineken for nine dollars, where the Mavericks hold court, restaurants are at selfie-distance from lofts and the WFAA news studio has a panoramic view of the whole thing.
It’s basically a real estate developer’s hard on proudly displayed.
Setting up these little twitter hunts is a good idea for getting a lot of attention, but when the scavenger hunt is money, it’s capable of becoming more like a creepy idea because it’s a social-control experiment.
Which is what this thing turned out to be.
First of all it wasn’t the original hiddencash account, but a ‘copycat‘ account, @hiddencashDFW.
If you watch this video here about this low-rent and staged cash grab, you get an idea of what this area looks like and how controlled it was.
And here’s the deal, it was also only $290 dollars, which means I can set up my own hidden cash hunt if I wanted to.
But to set it up the way they did shows that the person(s) who funded this thing and made a big local stink about it, have some issues with just letting go of the money.
They were more interested in seeing what people would do in a controlled environment.
The conversation in my head says that it was for fun and not just about the money.
I’m assuming someone has made that argument.
But the people who find the money can’t be people who spend unwisely.
They have to be clean cut folks wholesome folks.
Right across town, there are homeless shelters with plenty of hiding places to put this money, but instead they did it here where no one had a chance.