David Choe, a 30-something muralist whose artwork for Facebook earned him more than $200 million in company stock, was in Detroit over the weekend and hid $10,000 in various spots throughout the city.
Choe announced the scattering of cash in a Facebook post, which included the first hint: Money was stuffed inside a dingy sofa with a large finger painted on it. On Monday, the sofa was found on a sidewalk on Concord and Lambert near the Packard Plant, but the money was already gone, said Jeffrey Sines.
“I found the couch,” he said. “The money’s gone. Found a signed piece of work, though, and talked to the person who modeled for it. He said it was the craziest thing he’s ever seen – people just throwing money all over the place.”
Choe is expected to continue giving hints on his Facebook page.
As word spread, people from all over metro Detroit began searching for the money Monday.
“Had fun wandering around the D for a couple of hours with my wife and kids,” Mike Kline posted on Facebook. “Checked a bunch of places, may have found empty stashes. Some interesting potential locations marked with hearts… didn’t find any cash, but had a good family experience on a rainy day in the D.”
Makeba McMurray posted: “Im still out looking for money.. .nothing so far…really need it bad right now”
For more information on Choe and his hints, click here.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.