Out of all the businesses that have shut down due to coronavirus, restaurants and bars have had it especially worse as it has led to mass unemployment of many minimum wage workers. A lot of places are still open for takeouts and deliveries but people with jobs like waiters, bartenders and cashiers are suffering a lot.
While many employers have temporarily fired their workers, Georgia beach spot The Sand Bar has emerged as a ray of hope in these difficult times and decided to pay its unemployed staff during the economic crisis. The management is removing the thousands of dollar bills stapled to the wall for decoration to send paychecks to the families of the workers who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus.
“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!” Knox wrote on Facebook. “Figure, we got money (on the walls), and we got time!!” she added. “So excited for this Labor of Love. And a good spring cleaning!!”
Knox and five other volunteers got to work and removed all the bills from the walls that summed up to $3714. So along with this and other Venmo donations, the establishment was able to send $4104 to the staff members as each of them received a maximum of $600.
The tradition of stapling money to the walls is quite old in The Sand Bar as patrons of the beach town hotspot have been doing it for 15 years now. “We looked around and we were like ‘we have money on the walls and time on our hands’, and we just felt this sense of urgency to get these dollars down and into the hands of those who need it,” Knox told a local news outlet.