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Photos: Hundreds Of People Tore Up A Whittier Park In Search Of Hidden Cash
OK look, we've told you a few times to not do anything dumb in search of Hidden Cash.
With Thursday his triumphant return to Southern California, not-anonymous Internet donor Jason Buzi made a drop in Whittier's Willam Penn Park on Thursday night. Crowds swarmed to the small park in search of Pez dispensers and two lunch boxes filled with up to $100 in straight cash, according to the Whittier Daily News.
Unfortunately, the small park was overwhelmed by up to a thousand people roving the grounds with flashlights, trampled through foliage, ripped up sprinklers, and overturned rocks in search of some money. Whittier city officials estimated the park damage at over $5,000 with an additional $1,700 in police overtime to control the crowd. Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said that Whittier is looking to reach out to Buzi for reimbursement: "He seems like his heart's in the right place, so we'll ask. It was a nice idea, but 1,000 people is way too many for that poor old park."
Later that night, the @HiddenCash Twitter account admitted that the night drop probably wasn't such a great idea after all:
The next morning, reddit user shainajoy went to the park in her "quiet neighborhood" and took pictures of the aftermath, later sharing them on the site where it has become hot topic of discussion. The official Hidden Cash Twitter account has yet to have say anything else about the mess in Whittier.
With another drop somewhere in L.A. later this evening for Hidden Cash, hopefully it doesn't run too late again.