INDIANAPOLIS — Over 1,200 people have already signed up for a 'virtual tip jar' list launched on Monday to help Indianapolis service workers that are out of a job for the next couple of weeks.
Jeb Banner, the founder and CEO of an Indianapolis-based company called "Boardable," started the "Indy Service Workers Venmo List" on Monday after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered the closure of all Indiana bars and restaurants, only allowing carry-out and delivery options.
Hey Indy friends- while you are hanging out at home tonight don't forget to leave a Venmo "tip" for the service workers you would have been ordering food or drinks from. 700+ here, sorted by business, with Venmo info. https://t.co/MtSBotMUnu
— Jeb Banner (@jebbanner) March 16, 2020
Central Indiana has about 83,000 hospitality workers, and every single one is projected to be impacted by the COVID-19 closures.
People in the service industry — servers, bartenders, baristas, hosts, barbacks, or back-of-the-house associates — are invited to add themselves to the list. Add your name, where you work, what you do, and your Venmo information.
Those who would like to "tip" can simply search the list and send money to the worker of your choice.
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