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I never understood a restaurant or bar that had cash all over the walls. I get the whole 'frame the first dollar' thing, but I've seen places whose ceilings or walls are literally covered in dollar bills, I mean, put that money back into the business, right?
Tybee Island, Georgia has a population of about 3,000 and it's a big draw for beach tourists. It's those tourists that keep local businesses open throughout the year. The Sand Bar is a popular attraction there, and the resturant and bar has always done pretty well, with the busy season usually starting in March, and we all know that's just when all of this coronavirus stuff came down hard.
Jennifer Knox was a bartender there for seven years before she decided to buy it. She's put everything she has into the place and it's proven to be a successful business were customers would come to enjoy some food, drinks and good music. In a show of their appreciation, some customers would take a dollar, write a note on it and staple it to the wall before they left. It kind of became a thing.
Well, right now, The Sand Bar is closed because of the 'stay-at-home' order we're all dealing with right now, and that's a huge hit financially, not just to Jennifer, but to the staff of six she loves so much. So she's been trying to figure out a way to help them.
Sitting in her locked up resturant one day she looked around and suddenly realized there was money LITERALLY covering her walls. So she decided to take the money down. Over the course of almost four days, she and volunteers carefully took down each bill and pulled staples out of them. There was even some foreign currency thrown in there, so she had those changed into U.S. dollars.
When all was said and done, $3,714 came off the walls. People in the town heard what she was doing for her staff, so they threw in some extra, and eventually she ended up with more than $4,100, which enabled her to give each of her staff members $680.
While Jennifer isn't sure what will happen next with her business, she's positive that things will work out. In the meantme, she told CNN
"We all look out for each other. We are all in this together."