Mystery Man Named “Benny” Leaving Money All Over Salem Oregon

Salem, Oregon, is all about the Benjamins thanks to “Benny,” a mystery philanthropist who has left more than $51,000 around the city for strangers to find since 2013.  The unknown gift-giver has been quietly hiding signed $100 bills in cereal boxes, baby strollers and other everyday items since at least the fall of 2012, when the first reported find occurred.  Those notes are then found by delighted members of the public – nicknamed “Benny-ficiaries” – with many choosing to spread Benny’s kindness to those around them.  The first known Benny-ficiary was a Cub Scout who was given $100 while selling popcorn and candy at a Fred Meyer store in the city in the fall of 2012.  Two more Cub Scouts received the hefty bills in similar fashion in March and April of 2013.  Then, in December of that year things took off.  The discovery of a note in a cornflakes packet in Wal-Mart began a stream of finds that saw 12 others found in that month alone.  The run has continued almost unabated to the modern day.  The latest bill was uncovered in a thermal mug in that same Wal-Mart on July 11, bringing the total to $51,500.  So far, 238 of the total 515 Benny-ficiaries to date having reported “passing it on.”

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