Fox 5 - As restaurants and bars across the country remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, one bar owner in Georgia is going to extraordinary measures to donate money to her staff.
Jennifer Knox owns The Sand Bar on Tybee Island, near Savannah, which is known for its unusual decor: its walls and even ceiling are covered with cash.
WTOC reports that for six years, customers would write on dollar bills, which would then be stapled to the inside of the bar.
But as the bar has remained closed for weeks, Knox took a look around -- and decided to pay it forward to her employees.
“We literally had money on the walls and time on our hands," Knox told the station. "There was not a more perfect time to give back to my people.”
Knox and several volunteers spent three days painstakingly taking the bills off, one by one.
What a great move. Obviously a very unique situation to this bar, but it's great that customers would write on dollar bills to hang up in the bar as a memory of the time.:
Customers would write their anniversaries or special occasions on the cash to celebrate their visits, and come back time and time again to see their bill up on the wall.
And now the bar owner can use that money to pay her staffers while the bar is closed due to coronavirus.
Look at the amount of money laid across the bar and take a guess how much it is:
After all of the bills were taken down, the bills added up to $3,714 -- and stretched in piles across the bar. But when some customers heard about generous move, additional donations came in, bringing the total up to $4,104.
It means The Sand Bar's bartenders and musicians will each get about $600.
Not too shabby. I don't know anyone who would turn down a $600 stimulus right now.
I've written briefly about this before, but the people I feel worst for are my bar owner friends. They just love the bar so much, they put their lives into them, and being shut sucks so much. I can't wait to be back in the bars again. John put it so well in his blog about bars, there's just something about your home bar where you feel happy. He wrote "it’s the community of people who don’t know each other but are still connected." Amen, brother.
And you can see exactly that community with this bar whose employees will get an extra $600 now. Bars They truly are the pillars of the neighborhood and I cannot wait to go back and support the fuck out of them when they re-open.