Cash Mob hits Yakima business

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- There's a new mob in town and we're not talking about a Flash Mob.

"It's not as energetic and chaotic as you would think with the word mob in there," said Allie Mickey.

Unlike those videos that go viral on the Internet, this is a Cash Mob.

Organizer Allie Mickey had her own questions when she first heard about the idea, "What's a cash mob and how can we do it?" said Mickey.

Cash Mobs are a way to support local business.

It encourages a group of people to visit a small business at the same time and spend money there.

"It really helps them just to even have one day of a real good day where they sell a lot of product or serve a lot of people dinner. Whatever it may be," said Mickey.

After getting the word out through social media, this Cash Mob's first stop was the Tea Garden Restaurant in Yakima.

Owners say their business is hot and cold; It can get slow in the evening.

"It's our local business people that really need our help and support. And, we want business people here in Yakima to succeed," said Cash Mob Supporter Anne Stoothoff.

Restaurants aren't the only places organizers have in mind.

KIMA is told any local business could be fair game for the Cash Mob.

As someone who works at a growing local business, Allie Mickey says it's important to support companies in the area.

The Tea Garden wound up "mobbed" by 22 people and this business has no complaints.

"This will really help out business a lot," said Polee Taing, who's family owns Tea Garden Restaurant.

Allie says other local businesses can expect to see more mobs around town.

The cash mob here in Yakima plans to meet twice a month and you can find the group on Facebook if you'd like to join.