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WE'RE OPEN: Virtual Tip Jars now in Dunedin, St. Pete for bartenders, servers and musicians

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Posted at 2:07 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 09:21:02-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Even though some restaurants still offering take-out and delivery during the pandemic, hundreds of service industry workers in the Tampa Bay area lost their jobs.

There is now a new movement to help our bartenders, servers and musicians. It's called a Virtual Tip Jar.

The concept is simple. Pick your worker and simply Venmo, Cash App, or PayPal them.

For Jeff Depew, who started Just the Tip Dunedin, it was something he saw could help his community.

"It's creating hope in a time of great uncertainty its creating hope for them. They don't know if they'll have a job to come back to. They don't know how they're going to pay their bills right now," explains Depew.

Depew posts a list of workers on the groups Facebook page and how to send that person money.

Even if it is just two dollars, he says every little bit helps and the response has been tremendous.

"Us as a family, as a community of Dunedin, we help each other out by participating every couple of days and throwing them a couple of bucks in their virtual tip jar," says Depew. "It's made a difference and helped them remember we do care about them and we will get through this together."

To tip a worker in Dunedin, click here.

To tip a worker in St. Petersburg, click here.