Mystery Santa hands out Christmas cheer in Glenwood
December 23, 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A few lucky folks who happened to be in the right place at the right time Wednesday evening in Glenwood Springs were the recipients of some unexpected Christmas cheer.
A gentleman from out of town showed up at the Double Dog Pub at Glenwood Meadows around happy hour Wednesday afternoon and asked if he could get a ride to the nearby Wells Fargo bank.
Double Dog owner Bob Glowacki said his bartender, Dave, whose last name he didn’t want to give out, obliged.
And that’s when the fun began.
The mystery Santa reportedly withdrew $10,000 in hundred-dollar bills and immediately began handing money out to bank customers who were standing in line waiting to make transactions.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent office manager Melissa Boutwell happened to be at the bank at the time, and was one of the beneficiaries.
Recommended Stories For You
“He was standing over at the business teller window, and he turns around and gives two men behind him each a hundred-dollar bill,” Boutwell said.
She said she didn’t think much of it at first, figuring he was paying them for work or something. But then he proceeded to hand a $100 bill to everyone in the bank, including her, saying “Feliz Navidad” and “Merry Christmas.”
“Everyone was kind of in shock,” Boutwell said. “We just said thanks, and ‘Merry Christmas’ to you, too.”
Dane Wilson of Glenwood Springs was sitting with some friends in the bar area back at the Double Dog when the bartender and the mystery Santa returned.
“He just started slapping $100 bills on every table in the place,” said Wilson, whose group ended up splitting the money between them.
“We were figuring maybe it was just a Christmas tradition for him, but we were all kind of mystified,” he said.
Glowacki said he ended up driving the gentleman back to a nearby hotel where he was staying later that evening.
While he didn’t get the man’s name, he said he did learn that the mystery Santa was a pilot who had landed at the Eagle County Airport and was in the area until this weekend.
“It was pretty cool, what he did,” Glowacki said. “One of the last things he said when I dropped him off is, ‘I’ll see you again, but it probably won’t be as fun as tonight.'”
Indeed, he said the man stopped by again Thursday morning, just to say hello.