Shoppers in Oregon find $100 bills in groceries

Money left in items people purchased by apparent Good Samaritan

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:32:25 AM PST   Updated On: Sep 25 2013 08:00:09 AM PDT
Oregon shoppers 100 dollar bills

Shoppers in one Oregon town are finding $100 bills in their groceries -- left by an apparent Good Samaritan.

A manager at the Fred Meyer grocery store in Salem told Portland TV station KGW that customers there have found $2,000 worth of $100 bills hidden in items they purchased.

Several were tucked inside egg cartons, while others were left in shopping carts.

Across town at Walmart, some shoppers found money in cookie boxes. One man found a $100 bill, twice.

"I opened it up and a hundred dollar bill fell out, just like that," a customer named Phil told KGW.

Feeling lucky, he took a second pass at the cookie section.

"There were three boxes left and I turned them over and lo and behold, there was another $100 bill," he said.

Phil said he can definitely use the money.

"My girlfriend is in the hospital with renal failure," Phil said. "I'm driving to OHSU (in Portland) every day. So $20 bucks in gas each way, it comes at a very opportune time for me."

Jennifer Smith-Poelz found $100 in a box of ice cream.

"I just think this is the coolest thing ever," she told KGW. "Whoever is doing this has brightened so many people's days. I wish I had ample amounts of cash to be able to surprise people like this. I mean, it's fabulous."

Area store managers said they did not know where the money was coming from, but later it was confirmed that the $100 bills were the work of a country music radio station in Portland. Radio station 98.7 The Bull came forward and said that the money was part of a promotion called the $1,000 Cash Cow,. The hidden $100 bills were just a part of that promotion, according to an assistant program director at 98.7.