LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Days after a bar patron is caught on camera stealing a tip jar, the community has reached out with overwhelming support. Now they are wanting to pay it forward.
The employees of the Back Door Bar on Bardstown Road never would have guessed their loyal customers and complete strangers would pitch in like they have. They've decided instead of dividing the money up amongst themselves, they want to give it to charities.
It was surveillance video that irked anyone who has ever worked for tips. A real-life, stealing at a time when every penny counts.
"Obviously every bit counts for the employees because that's where they make most of their money from the tips," said John Dant, Back Door Bar owner.
Dant says after the surveillance was shown on TV, he couldn't believe the response from the community. He says one woman who recently lost her son, who worked as a bartender, was so upset she decided to tip $150.
"We obviously appreciate it, but they do not want to take it," said Dant.
When Dant heard his employees got together and decided on their own that they wanted to donate the extra money, that didn't surprise him at all.
"We're a tight knit family, we are just so close," said Dant. "We've all been together 20 plus years and it's good to be able to give."
They decided to help two local charities, Home of the Innocents and a new non-profit organization called Apron.
"Just the fact that he thought of us really meant a lot and our organization is just very, very pleased," said Luca Bianconcini, Apron Co-founder.
Apron has only been around for a year and a half. "Basically we will help people who work in locally owned, independent restaurants, food and beverage industry workers who need temporary financial help," said Bianconcini.
"You know if you can give, you should give," said Dant. "There are so many people who are unfortunate, less fortunate than we are, so let's bless those that we can."
Louisville Metro Police have gotten some tips, but they have not made any arrests in this case. If you could help with information about the man in the video, you are asked to call 574-LMPD.
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