Dive Bar Donates Dollars from Its Walls to Bahamas Relief

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Dollar bills cover the walls and ceiling of the Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida.

Dollar bills cover the walls and ceiling of the Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida.

A neighborhood bar in Sarasota, Florida, has taken an old tradition and used it to provide a bit of relief to the people of the Bahamas.

For 16 years, the Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida, has allowed customers to staple a dollar or two to its walls and ceiling. It’s fishermen’s lore that seamen would staple a dollar to the wall so they would have money to buy a drink when they returned.

After seeing the horrific images from the Abacos in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the bar’s owners decided to remove the dollars from the walls and donate them to the Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief. The category 5 hurricane devastated the Abacos and left more than 50 people dead. Hundreds are still missing.

The bar staff spent a month carefully removing the money. The bar’s owners have donated wall money to charity for years, usually a few thousand dollars, but they were surprised to learn that this time their bar was covered in almost $14,000 dollars.

You can read more about it in this Washington Post story.