SALEM – Shoppers in the Salem area said they were randomly finding $100 bills stuffed into items they were looking to purchase, but it turns out it was all a stunt by a Portland radio station.
Update: On Wednesday, a Portland country music radio station put out a press release claiming responsibility for the stunt as part of a promotion.
It all started at the Fred Meyer store on Commercial Street Southeast when a manager said customers found $2,000 worth of $100 bills. Several were reportedly tucked inside egg cartons, while others were in shopping carts.
Across town at Walmart, some shoppers said they found money in cookie boxes. One man said he found a $100 bill, twice.
“I opened it up and a hundred dollar bill fell out, just like that,” said a customer named Phil. Feeling lucky, Phil took a second pass at the cookie section.
“There were three boxes left and l turned them over and lo and behold, there was another $100 bill,” he said.
The man told KGW he can 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 said she found $100 in a box of ice cream.
“I just think this is the coolest thing ever,” Smith-Poelz said. “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 all said they did not know where the money was coming from, but they said the bills were authentic.