bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

During the coronavirus pandemic, bars and restaurants suffered huge economic losses. That is why to pay their employees, some had to get a bit creative.

A bar owner in Georgia removed notes for the value of $3,714 from the walls and was then able to pay her staff.

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

The Decor Saves The Day

Most of us have fond memories of a bar with bizarre decor and weird stuff hanging on the walls. Stuffed animals, tacky posters, vintage furniture all contribute to the atmosphere.

Owners tend to be quite proud of their interior design as well. It would surely take extraordinary circumstances to convince them to change it around.

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

Certainly, 2020 was hardly an ordinary year. With lockdowns and restrictions, many bars and restaurants had to close down.

The Sand Bar in Tybee Island, Georgia, was not in a good spot either. However, the place had a special kind of decoration that could make a big difference.

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

Taking Bills Off The Walls

Customers of The Sand Bar used to staple dollar bills with messages on the walls of the place. Because of this the owner, Jennifer Knox, had a brilliant idea.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, she had to close down and leave her employees home. Unsure of how to pay their salary, she found an unconventional solution.

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

Jennifer put her staff’s wellbeing first and decided to remove the bills from the walls. She explained: 

“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. We gotta get this money down.’”

Putting The Money To Good Use

The tradition to staple bills on the wall of the bar lasted for over 15 years. Thanks to that, Jennifer collected $3,714.

The notes from the walls and ceiling made a good stash. Her regulars, hearing about the situation, then donated some more, raising the sum to $4,104.

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

Jennifer could then pay her staff – four bartenders and two musicians – $600 each. Of course, she did not regret her decision and said:

“I can’t just sit here and do nothing. I’ll do what I can for my people… We all look out for each other. We are all in this together.”

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

When the news spread, people sent her love for her generosity and good heart.

bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff
bar owner removes $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to pay unemployed staff

Looking out for each other is what makes us human, especially in hard times. We all have to do our part, even if it means changing the decor of your favorite bar.