I'm a writer, so of course my mind went straight to the dark side upon hearing of these money hunts. I thought, "What if one of these copycats had something sinister in mind?" Thus, a story idea was born.
So, here's the premise. A rich guy starts a money scavenger hunt trend. It's all fun and games until one such hunt ends with the winner sticking his (or her) hand into a paper bag full of dog doo. As the story progresses, the bags of money get fuller. But at the same time, the "booby prizes" get increasingly disgusting and/or dangerous. The tension builds as the scavengers are left wondering whether the next stash contains a treasure trove or death. Who knows what they might find next?
This would be a great opportunity to explore the individual motivations of the good guys, the bad guys, and the treasure hunters. What would you do with this story? Please share your ideas in the comments below. And as usual, please feel free to take off with this idea and make it your own!