Yeah that bounty would be snatched up immediately. Out of curiosity I just tested the difficulty in achieving an 8000 point elevator: I loaded up a save-state and scored 8400 on my very first try. Granted I did a number of things I would never do in a serious game (went for the middle prize immediately, took the top-shelf), but money changes things.
Now a barrel bounty might be interesting. I have scored over 18K from a save-state, but will likely never come especially close to that in a real game. 16K, sure. 17K, hmmm, not so sure. And 18K, well that would just be huge.