This Guy Sat In A Café All Day After Being Promised $300 And It Turned Into Something Amazing

Jason Dang says he found a note last year telling him to return to a coffee shop on May 27, 2015.

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The note reads:

Congrats! You have found THE note. I will give you $300 if you come back here on May 27, 2015.

The mystery note writer also left a code word, which Dang covered up.

The note got a lot of attention, and over 1,000 users commented on it. Many users told him it was clear: He had no choice but to go back the next May.

Dang wrote that he put a counteroffer in the book, but never heard back. "I came back in July, (his note) was still in there," he said. "So I took it out and assumed the original date still stood...if they remembered anyways."

In the following months, Reddit users periodically mentioned the note in other threads and asked Dang not to forget to go in May. In January, he posted that he was still planning on going.

"Wow, you guys are really having one hell of a following on this," he wrote. "No worries, I have the date blocked out on my calendar and I'll be there all day (seeing how the person who left the note gave no specific time) lets just hope he holds up his end of the deal."

On Wednesday morning, Dang posted that he got to the café right when it opened, and hung up a sign.

"I put up the note shortly after informing the staff that i'd be here all day," he wrote.

He said he has spent the day working on projects on his laptop, and he only told his brother and his friends what he was doing.

Dang claims the entire saga is totally true. "I have no reason to lie to anyone," he told BuzzFeed News.

"I decided to follow through because I know how intense Reddit can get, and whether the actual note creator follows up on their end or not, I wanted Reddit to know that I wasn’t going to leave them hanging," he said.

He said he decided to go because he wants the money, but also for the social experiment aspect of it.

"I find it really cool how people can come together from all around the world to anticipate a possibility that something might happen," he said. "It’s actually quite amazing."

Dang said that in the end, "the $300 that was promised was nothing compared to the entire experience as a whole."

"All the awesome loot that was given out, and all the people I met and came in contact with, in person and online, made the whole worth all the while," he told BuzzFeed News.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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