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Friends collect $370 during hidden cash craze

June 15, 2014

By Stephanie Baer, Chicago Tribune

June 15--When Chicago residents Nathan Huynh and Tina Tran woke up on Sunday morning, they did what they've been doing every morning for the past week: They checked Twitter for the latest hidden cash clues.

Around 10 a.m., the two found their sixth cash-filled envelope taped to a pole in an alleyway behind Crabbby Kim's Bikini Bar in the North Center neighborhood, where they were met by a Tribune photographer and reporter who had been waiting at the spot for 45 minutes after decoding the clue.

The $40 prize was left by @Clue_King, one of several anonymous social media users who have been hiding envelopes of cash in major U.S. cities. Since June 8, the friends, both 18, have collected $370.

"It seems kind of impossible ... but when we got the first one it was kind of easy," Huynh said. "We're just having some fun."

Huynh said they learned about the hidden cash craze last weekend when the California real estate investor under the Twitter handle @HiddenCash left envelopes all over cities, including New York this weekend.

"It's been fun. We actually learned more about Chicago this way," he said.

While the two are headed for college this fall -- Huynh to the University of Illinois at Chicago and Tran to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana -- and said they could use the money to buy books and pay student loans, they plan to give away some of their winnings to homeless people in the Uptown neighborhood. -- Twitter: @skbaer


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