It appears that the latest ridiculous overblown social media trend is people hiding things of value in public spaces, then sending cryptic tweets as to the object's location.
It's like geocaching for people who don't know how to operate a GPS or like going for walks or using their brain. All you have to do is look at a Twitter account, recognize a place in a picture, and then rush there as soon as humanly possible in a greed-fuelled frenzy.
It all started with the San Francisco-based Hidden Cash, which deposited money in envelopes around the city.
The account's popularity led to scenes like this:
Dozens upon dozens of copycats sprung up in response, including our own @HiddenCashVancouver.
And this is where I predictably get angry about the social irresponsibility of it all.
Have you ever seen a Black Friday stampede? That's what people will do for low prices on consumer goods.
Now, think about what people will do for mere chance at getting free stuff (see above park-digging-up photo).
By hiding these things around town, you are not creating a fun surprise for someone. You are causing a potential panic as avaricious motherfuckers storm an area for "treasure".
Also, leaving weed and beer laying around where any child could find it is pretty much the stupidest, most irresponsible thing I could imagine. Not to mention that possession of marijuana without a license is still illegal in Canada and leaving it laying around could be considered trafficking.
I'm sure the people behind these accounts have nothing but the best intentions. But this is a trend that needs to stop before someone gets hurt.