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Mystery figure hiding $100 bills around Salem

By T.K. Randall
July 14, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments

Have you Benny-fitted from one of Benny's $100 bills ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A mystery philanthropist known only as 'Benny' has been hiding $100 bills around town for people to find.
The unidentified individual, whose true identity is known only by a circle of his closest friends, has been leaving $100 bills around Salem on a regular basis for the better part of three years.

His notes have been discovered in shops and neighborhoods by dozens of unsuspecting members of the public who have since come to refer to him as 'Benny' because Benjamin Franklin's image is printed on them - a nickname that has also spawned the terms 'Benny-ficiaries' and 'Benny-fitting'.

Many of the notes have been picked up by people who have had a particular need of the money to pay household bills and over half of the recipients have also forwarded $100 to someone else.
Some have even used the cash to buy school supplies or to help out local charities.

As for Benny himself - his identity still remains a mystery, but within those he has touched with his anonymous generosity there now lies a renewed sense of community spirit.

Perhaps his is a philosophy that we can all learn something from.

Source: USA Today | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
Brace yourself Salem. You could be seeing an influx of "tourists".
Comment icon #2 Posted by bubblykiss 8 years ago
Sounds like the Easter Bunny is trying to spend his excess budget so he will be allocated the same amount next year.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nzo 8 years ago
You know what would be cool? Well more than cool. Awesome really. If you have a game like Pokemon and instead of collecting pets you have to race to a spot, and try to solve a question, riddle or a challenge of some sort to get a $100 bill. Now that would get EVERYONE, up off the couch and moving! Remember you heard it here first. I want dibbs!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Why not 8 years ago
I thought Pokemon was a kids cartoon. Guess I'm not up on all the games. Actually none of them.
Comment icon #5 Posted by universal skeptic 8 years ago
I'm moving to Salem.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
It's really just for people that think and act like kids.  Just look a Pokémon Go!  May I drive you around town for $25/hr while you play Pokémon Go and your phone?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Podo 8 years ago
Pokemon has been videogames, movies, TV shows, cardgames, and many other things since 1993. If you've missed it this long...well, it must be a very comfortable rock you've been living under

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