A bar in Georgia stripped down all its dollar bills to help staff
The owner said: "I can't just sit here and do nothing. I'll do what I can for my people"
The bar and restaurant industry keeps finding innovative ways to help workers who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. But one bar owner in Georgia has found a pretty unique way to lend a hand.
Jennifer Knox, who owns The Sand Bar in Georgia’s Tybee Island, decided that there might be a better use for all the dollar bills that were stuck to the bar’s walls.
"We were sitting there doors locked and I'm like oh my gosh, 'there's money on the walls and we have time on our hands," she told CNN. "'We gotta get this money down.'"
She added: "I can't just sit here and do nothing. I'll do what I can for my people."
For almost 15 years, drinkers at the bar have been writing on a dollar bill and stapling it to the walls and ceiling. With a team of five volunteers, Knox spent three and a half days taking down the money. They then cleaned the bills and had them counted: it added up to $3,714.
A handful of customers also donated to the cause, so in the end Knox was able to distribute $4,104 to her staff.
"We all look out for each other," she said. "We are all in this together."
Needless to say, the bar looks pretty different now.
A Facebook post from The Sand Bar reads: “Since the word is getting out, thought I’d share it here! The Sand Bar is going to have a fresh new look, while giving back at the same time! We are taking down the dollar bills!! And donating all the money to our bartenders and musicians that need it! ❤️ Figure, we got money (on the walls), and we got time!! So excited for this Labor of Love. And a good spring cleaning!!”