BREMERTON, Wash. -- You've heard of the trendy, fun "flash mobs" that seem to spontaneously appear at a mall, a park or anywhere else people tend to gather. Now there are "cash mobs" popping up at struggling businesses.
Recently, a cash mob showed up at CJ's Evergreen General Store and Catering in Bremerton. Each person came with cash - $20 to be exact - to be spent at CJ's, all at once by all those who show up to participate. It amounts to a cash infusion at a business that's struggled in the down economy. The cash mob earned the store about a thousand dollars.
Cash Mob Bremerton started a Facebook page just a few weeks ago and already it's got a couple hundred "likes." Founder Robin Henderson bills it as a way to get the community involved in helping struggling businesses.
"I really feel it's the cure for what ails this country is supporting those small business beause CJ's is not going to outsource their customer service to India," said Henderson.
CJ's was voted the first businesses selected to mob. Organizers hope to cash mob one business a month in Bremerton. They are currently polling for where it's next cash mob should be.