Georgia Bar Owner Removes $3,714 Worth Of Bills Off The Walls To Pay Staff

For the past 15 years, customers have been leaving their mark at The Sand Bar in Tybee Island, Georgia, by writing on a one-dollar bill and stapling it to the wall. Now, that money is being used to help pay the staff while the bar is shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When officials issued a stay at home order, The Sand Bar was forced to close, and the bar's owner, Jennifer Knox, had no choice but to lay off her employees. As she was sitting in her empty bar, she realized she could use the money on the walls to help pay her staff.

"We were sitting there doors locked, and I'm like, "Oh my gosh, there's money on the walls, and we have time on our hands," she told CNN. "'We gotta get this money down.'"

Over the next three days, Knox, along with five volunteers, began carefully ripping the money off the wall. It took another week to clean and count the money. It total, they removed $3,714 from the walls of the bar, money which is being given to Knox's employees.

A few customers heard about what Knox was doing and decided to donate some money to the cause. They raised an additional $400, and Knox was able to provide her four bartenders and two musicians with $600 each.

"We all look out for each other," she said. "We are all in this together."

When the bar reopens and customers return, they might be in for a shock when they walk in and see the fresh coat of bright blue and green paint covering the walls.

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