Florida bar owners remove $10,000 in bills stapled to walls to give to unemployed staff

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 17th, 2020 9:25 am
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Last Updated Apr 17th, 2020 at 10:00 am

The owners of a Florida pub have found a creative way to help its unemployed staff after coronavirus closures caused them to lay off all but three of their staff — remove the money from the walls.

Patrons of Hott Leggz in Fort Lauderdale would write notes on bills and staple them to the walls.

"We were like, there's literally money on the walls, so let's donate it all to the employees," said co-owner Juliana Sodre. "We always had a running joke that if something went wrong with the bar, at least we had worst-case-scenario money. Well, this is a worst-case scenario."

Sodre and volunteers have carefully unstuck and cleaned thousands of bill to donate to its employees. The unofficial total is around $10,000.

"It's important for us to take care of our employees," says Ky Novak, co-owner of Hott Leggz. "At the end of the day, it's not life-changing money, but it can get them through the next week or two."

Novak said removing the bills have revealed stains that employees are currently working on fixing.

"Then we'll start the dollar bills all over again," Novak said. "Everyone should leave their mark."


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