The next thing to catch my attention in the “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln, Germany, are some of the items on the wall.
There appears to be some sort of money box, but unusually with not only separate money slots, but also enough of them in total for a good many of the regular patrons.
I later learn that these are called “Sparschraenke-Sparkassetten” (savings boxes /money boxes with separate slots).
My first guess was that patrons who had their own number in the box could put in a Euro or two at a time and save up for a few steins sometime in the future but once I’d done some research I discovered that it was far bigger than that.
According to the article, it’s not coins that are regularly deposited in these, but notes, and that come years end when the box is opened and the amounts are tallied up, it might well be possible for a patron to have saved several hundred euros, even enough for a holiday!
How cool is that? I also assumed that these boxes were something of a fairly old fashioned habit but a quick look on the HMF shop website and I see that you can order your own boxes of various sizes with varying amounts of slots even today! I’ve learnt about something completely new and I love the idea… Who knew you could save for your holiday at the pub?