Hidden cash treasure hunt barred in Paris

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US philanthropist Jason Buzi will not be allowed to stage his quirky @HiddenCash treasure hunt in Paris over 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. Every envelope will have amounts ranging from $5 to $200 dollars in the currency of the country the envelopes are placed in.

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

In response to the announcements, Buzi tweeted to his followers asking for suggestions and what he can hide other than money.


@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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