TORONTO -- If you just happen to find an envelope full of cash around the city, don't panic -- it's not a setup.
The "Hidden Cash" movement began in San Francisco recently, and other U.S. cities as well as Vancouver have caught on.
Now the altruistic act of giving away cash on city streets has come to Toronto.
An anonymous person behind the Twitter account @HiddenCashTO has been posting daily clues to the location of a manila envelope containing $100 cash might be hidden in local landmarks.
The reason for doing it? A random act of kindness.
"I thought the S.F. version was a great story," said the person behind @HiddenCashTO, who agreed to do an interview with QMI Agency provided it was conducted through Twitter and his or her identity kept anonymous.
"(I) was inspired to spread that excitement in the city I love. (It was) just the idea that a few bills could restore someone's faith in humanity."
The poster just asks the recipient of the free cash to tweet out a selfie with the money to share with the world.
While people are free to use the funds for whatever they please, the intention is to "pay it forward."
"I'd love for the money to be used to brighten another person's day," @HiddenCashTO said. "It's money the finder never had so it should be easy to pass it along. At least some of it. I try and pick landmarks that are busy at times they are busy. "
The poster claims it's not fame he or she seeks -- they have lived in Toronto "long enough to know it is the greatest place on earth and has some of the hardest-working people."
"It's human nature to question kindness," the poster explained. "When it should be to question hostility, anger, hate and disrespect. I do it for love, for joy. I get the greatest sense of pride knowing that the money I worked hard for is now being used to help others."
So far, St. Lawrence Market, Henry Moore's "Archer" sculpture in front of City Hall, and outside Rogers Centre during a Jays game have been hiding spots.
CLUE 2: take me out to the.....? pic.twitter.com/PGTCmbv95f— Hidden Cash Toronto (@hiddencashTO) June 1, 2014
One man took his winnings to CraveTO, a food truck and craft beer festival at Wychwood Barns over the weekend, and treated his friends to food and drink, while sales associate Sasha Bloxam spent the money on a family barbecue.
"I think it's unbelievable, there should be more people like him/her," said Bloxam, 26, who found the manila envelope outside a parking garage at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday. "I think everyone should do at least one kind thing for someone, every day, even if it's just giving them a smile to brighten their day."