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art1-2英語:@HiddenCash lines pockets, warms heart of anonymous California philanthropist

San Francisco (CNN) — It’s a scavenger hunt for cash through the most modern of means: social media.
An anonymous, wealthy California man is hiding up to $100 or so in public places in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and then posting clues to the money’s whereabouts through his Twitter page, appropriately dubbed Hidden Cash. The $100 bills or envelopes containing several $20 bills are amounting to $1,000-a-day philanthropy in what the Twitter account calls “an anonymous social experiment for good.”

The results have been a feel-good sensation in California: The Twitter page features selfies of joyous people who found the money — flashing smiles and cash — with testimonials of what they’re going to do next. The cash hunts ventured into a third city, San Jose, on Wednesday.
The anonymous donor and owner of the Twitter page is a real estate investor who’s had the good fortune of joining the wealthiest 1% of American society, especially in the past few years, he said.

When he recently closed a deal with a six-figure profit, the philanthropist decided to “give some of it back” through random acts of kindness, he told CNN.
“This is not a set-up charity, but I wanted to do something fun and creative,” he said. “We were thinking of something like the ‘Survivor’ TV show or something of that nature that was a scavenger hunt. They were basically too involved. So what we did was hide cash in different places. I thought it would be fun, but it’s also something simple to execute. All you’re doing is leaving money and putting clues on Twitter.”

The man said he’s between ages 35 and 45 — and would give no more information. He maintains anonymity because he wants the attention on his pay-it-forward activities, not himself. The only people who have figured out his identity are his friends, who identified his voice from his audio-only interviews with northern California broadcast outlets.

This week, he will expand his hunt-for-cash giveaway to Los Angeles and possibly other cities across the country, if he can secure helpers, he said. He’s been giving away about a grand daily since Friday, he said.

The anonymous donor is emotionally moved by the words and photos that successful searchers post on Twitter, he said.
“There’s absolutely no political agenda; there’s no religious agenda; there’s no business agenda,” the man said of his unconventional philanthropy. “The whole agenda is random acts of kindness and pay it forward and to put a smile on people’s face.
“When I see people retweet the photos and say, ‘I could have really used this money’ or ‘my autistic stepson found it’ or ‘we shared it with people that were with us at the beach’ or ‘I bought lunch for my coworkers’ or ‘just giving it charities,’ there’s a lot of heartwarming stories for people,” he said.

The anonymous man plans to continue the cash giveaways for the indefinite future. Money is no object for him. It’s only the time it takes to set up the hunts. “I’m running around leaving money in different places, and there’s only one me,” he said, adding that a friend is helping.
He would like other wealthy people across the country to follow his lead: “I’d like for this to become a movement,” establishing a chain reaction of charitable giving. “If you can give back, it’s at least as rewarding as making good investments and getting big checks and making a lot of money.”

He urges people not to look to him — or lotteries — as a godsend. There are plenty of job and business opportunities if people look hard enough, he asserted. “I want to say to the people that are struggling, please realize it’s a game. It’s pay it forward. Don’t look to this or to the lottery to be your financial salvation,” he said.
Still, solicitations flood his inbox: He’s now overwhelmed by e-mails (his address is on the Twitter page) from people seeking money for a down payment, mortgage payment, child’s college tuition or even dental work.
“That’s more than I really bargained for,” the man said.

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日本語:匿名富豪が街中に現金隠して「善意のゲーム」

サンフランシスコ(CNN) 米カリフォルニア州の富豪がサンフランシスコの街を舞台に、100ドル(約1万円)札などを公共の場に隠してヒントをツイートする「宝探しゲーム」を始めた。「人々を笑顔にしたい」という善意の試みが話題を呼んでいる。
同市内では23日以降、100ドル札や封筒入りの20ドル札数枚があちこちで見つかっている。1日当たりの総額は1000ドルほど。「Hidden Cash(隠された現金)」と題したツイッターの専用ページには、「宝」を捜し当てた市民らの笑顔の写真や現金の使い道が掲載されている。
匿名の人物は不動産投資家で、米国内で上位1%の富裕層に入るという。CNNとの電話インタビューで語ったところによると、最近数千万円単位の利益につながる契約が成立したのを機に、富を社会に還元しようと思い立った。
「組織化された慈善活動ではなく、楽しくて創造的なことがしたかった」「簡単に実行できるのもポイントだ」と話す。
自身について公表しているのは、年齢が35~45歳ということだけ。今のところ、地元放送局で流れた音声インタビューを聞いてピンときた友人たちだけが、彼の正体を知っている。
ツイッターのフォロワー(閲覧者)数は、27日午後の時点で7万人に達した。「政治や宗教、ビジネスとは一切無関係。自分の受けた恩を、次は不特定の人たちに送るというのが趣旨だ」と強調する。支援者さえ確保できれば、今週中にもロサンゼルスなどほかの都市に手を広げたいという。
匿名の男性は、「自閉症の息子が見つけてくれた、同じビーチにいた人たちと分け合った、同僚たちにに昼食をごちそうした、慈善団体に寄付するつもり――など、心温まる話が多数寄せられている。今後も無期限で続けていきたい」と声を弾ませる。
さらに、全米の富裕層もぜひ後に続いてほしいと語り、「これがひとつの運動となって連鎖的に広がることを望んでいる」「投資が成功して大きな利益を手にした時と同等か、それ以上のやりがいを感じられる」と力を込めた。
市民からはローン返済や子どもの学費、歯の治療などにお金が必要だと訴えるメールも殺到しているが、「それらは私の想定を超えている」と指摘し、「これはあくまでゲーム。家計の救済策としては期待しないで」と話している。

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