June 6, 2014 4:41 pm

West Islander gets lucky as ‘Hidden Cash’ phenomenon hits Montreal

Marissa Leon-John found $100 tucked between the slats of a park picnic table in Rosemary Brown Park in Montreal on June 4, 2014.

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MONTREAL – The “Hidden Cash” phenomenon has made its way to Montreal.

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An “Anonymous Montrealer,” tweeting from the account HiddenCashMTL, has been dropping envelopes of cash around the city, and then tweeting clues to where the gifts can be found.

The rules are simple:

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“Find money, share a selfie with it, tag @hiddencashmtl.”

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It started in San Francisco in May, when an anonymous man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash began hiding money throughout the city, in a Twitter-based scavenger hunt. This has now spread to Canada, taking over Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.

The anonymous person behind the social media sensation told Global News on Monday that they hope those who do find the cash “share it with the less fortunate” and will “keep doing it until it’s not fun.”

Global News had the chance to speak with Marissa Leon-John, who was one lucky winner in Montreal this week.

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“I heard about the hidden cash initiative in San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto so took a chance and searched for one in Montreal and just happened to come across it,” she said on Friday.

She revealed that she found the money tucked between the slats of a park picnic table in Rosemary Brown Park.

“There was a crisp $100 bill neatly tucked inside.”

According to Leon-John, the money is already spent. She made a donation to the charity Animatch, spoiled her puppy with a few treats and bought her Pointe-Claire Ladies’ softball team a case of beer.

Does she think that this initiative can truly inspire social good?

“I do believe that kindness is contagious and finding a $100 bill did inspire me to give, rather than simply spend the money on myself,” she told Global News.

“Some will argue that maybe the people who find the money need it too but, the way I see it, if you have the means to get on Twitter and get a hold of the cash, you can more than likely spare even a few dollars to give to someone else who might need it!”

What would you do with $100 if you found it via a Twitter scavenger hunt? Let us know in the comments below. 

- With files from James Armstrong

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