Monday, April 24, 2017
Rob Holsen may be the only professional coin washer in the United States. He washes coins for the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, San Francisco, Calif., a tradition which began to keep ladies white gloves from getting tarnished back in the 1930s. Three times a week, Holsen soaps, rinses, dries and rolls money. He estimates that $1.5 million in spare change has passed through his hands in the past 20 years.
"There was a time," Holsen says, "when a cabdriver could look at a person after they paid their fare and ask, 'So, how was your stay at the St. Francis?' "