@HiddenCash treasure hunt barred in Paris

June 26, 2014
A man participating in the @HiddenCash treasure hunt finds an envelope with money in Central Park in New York on June 14, 2014

American philanthropist Jason Buzi will not be allowed to stage his quirky @Hidden Cash treasure hunt in Paris at the weekend, police said Wednesday.

"The distribution of money in public is forbidden by French criminal law" and punishable by six months in jail and a 30,000 euro ($40,000) fine, police said in a letter to Buzi, a wealthy real estate investor.

The Internet-driven treasure hunts have participants track down the envelopes using clues posted on Twitter with the handle @HiddenCash.

The Paris police recalled a similar event in the French capital in 2009, staged by a , that led to "public disorder" after it had to be called off at the last minute.

@HiddenCash hunts have taken place in US cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Houston and Mexico City, and the Paris edition had been set for Saturday.

Buzi and a group of anonymous friends, who have given to charity in the past, came up with the treasure hunts as something a bit more fun.

One treasure hunt has already taken place in London and another is planned in Madrid.

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alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Jun 26, 2014
Didn't know giving to charity was supposed to be fun. I wonder if the money Buzi and friends spend on this entertainment qualifies as a tax deduction. And how effectively the money works for charitable purposes.

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