Workers at the Potters Arms pub in Amersham are eligible for monthly cryptocurrency payments, and worker says the money will help him fulfill his dream of renovating a property
Image: Pete Gilbert)
A publicist says she’s received bonuses worth thousands of pounds in cryptocurrency – and she hopes this will help her achieve her goal of buying property.
Jade Darby, 60, works at The Potters Arms pub in Winchmore Hill, Amersham.
With all the pub workers Darby is entitled to bonuses – but paid to the British cryptocurrency Koda, no money.
The monthly bonus is paid if the pub is doing well and the workers are meeting the targets.
Darby, who is also a former national champion of dressage and a current trainer, said she had around £ 2,500 of her own money at Koda before working at the pub, and now has around £ 6,500.
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Darby has had four bonuses since joining the pub earlier this year, so it comes down to £ 1,000 per bonus – but it’s more complicated than that in practice.
Part of the increase of £ 4,000 is due to monthly bonuses, but also the fact that the Koda cryptocurrency has grown rapidly.
For example, today the currency is worth £ 0.00014 – but its value has increased by 251% from three months ago when it was worth £ 0.00041.
In other words, a £ 100 bonus in Koda three months ago would be worth around £ 350 today.
Darby said: “As we qualify they pay us in Koda for our bonuses. I have had four bonus payouts since I got there.
“It means a lot. It’s been great, and where else would you get that kind of return? I have a really good financial advisor and spoke with him – he said by all means, go for it.”
Darby has said so far that she is quitting the potty in hopes that he will continue to grow.
If so, she says it could be a life-changing amount of money.
“I have plans for this money,” she said. “I am in the process of buying a property. We have stables where we keep our horses and they need renovation. My ultimate goal is to be able to renovate them with this investment.”
Pub owner Peter Gilbert, 46, said every member of his 25-30 employees was offered bonuses in crypto – and all accepted.
He said it keeps the staff motivated, but it’s also a way of giving something back.
“I pay my chef and assistant manager the biggest bonuses and take it from there,” he said. “But I even prepared a wallet for the kitchen porters. I pay everyone.
“I am thinking especially of the younger generations. If you are young, the odds are so against you if you want to buy a house – it’s too easy to be a lifelong tenant.”
Gilbert now hosts investor events at the pub, where others come to learn more about digital currency.
Going forward, Gilbert says he would like the pub to be able to accept cryptocurrency payments.
“I am a big fan of the money and I would always like to keep it,” he said. “But cryptocurrency could be huge. Our staff love it. In the future, I want to be able to accept cryptocurrency payments.”