Nicholas Ye sat in his Beacon Street office yesterday constantly refreshing a website that would at some point tell him the location of money hidden somewhere in Greater Boston.
Then finally, about 3:30 p.m., the site — Plentyoftwenties.com — alerted followers to the location: the Red Auerbach statue at Faneuil Hall.
Ye, a 24-year-old loan analyst, approached the statue with a hurried gait, reached under the statue, found an envelope and smiled.
“I feel a little bit richer, a little happy,” Ye said.
The $20 Ye found is a venture by two friends from Wakefield.
“Since we were 3 years old we had these silly debates and conversations. And one day we were arguing how far you would go for $20,” said Steven Grant, a 35-year-old lawyer who co-founded the site with Richard Cook, a psychiatrist.
The friends pick a different spot each day in Greater Boston where they hide $20. There are no riddles or clues and the duo posts a photograph of the exact location. However, the time the location is revealed varies.
Grant said the site is a social experiment “just to see what happened,” but it has grown in popularity in the month they’ve been hiding money. The site averages about 500 visits per day, but as media reports have begun spreading the news, yesterday’s visits were about 5,000.
Grant said that so far some stores and businesses have approached them to be sponsors.
Ye has been following the site for a month and yesterday was his third time finding the envelope. He’s going to be responsible with this $20.
“I’ve got bills to pay,” he said.
Some previous locations where the friends have stashed $800 of their cash:
Sen. John Kerry’s Beacon Hill home
The Salem Witch Museum
Hooters in Saugus