Bar Owner Removes $3,714 Worth Of Bills From Walls To Pay Unemployed Staff

All local bars, cafes and restaurants have their own unique quirks. Bars have different gimmicks to attract customers. Some have a specific theme. Others have products with surprising names and some decorate their space with crazy decor. The Sand Bar in Tybee Island, Georgia is one of these standout places, thanks to their uncommon choice of wall decor. Instead of using the usual decor seen in bars, they chose to have customers pin dollar bills on their wall instead! And the ‘decorative dollars’ proved to be useful for bar owner Jennifer Knox during this difficult time.

Since it counts a non-essential service, owner Jennifer Knox had to suspend their operations until further notice. This situation has created quite a problem. Without customers, there’s no cash flow. And with no cash flow, Knox can’t pay her employees. But Knox knows how crucial the salary is for her employees right now. She needed to figure out a way to help them get by, even if they couldn’t report to work.


“We were sitting here, doors locked, and I’m like ‘Oh my gosh, there’s money on the walls and we have time on our hands. We gotta get this money down.”

bar owner friend helps remove the dollar bills stapled to the bar walls
Jennifer Knox


dollar bills lined up on the sand bar counter
Jennifer Knox



Meet Jennifer Knox, The Sand Bar’s kind-hearted owner

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Jennifer Knox


Jennifer from Tybee Island, Georgia figured a creative solution to provide her employees’ salaries while operations are suspended

The Sand Bar’s dollar bill-covered walls is one of the things that make them standout. Customers have been writing short messages on the bills and pinning them on the walls for over 15 years. All the dollar bills posted on The Sand Bar’s walls have remained untouched until now. But desperate times call for desperate measures, as they say. So, Jennifer Knox decided to put her bar’s iconic dollar bill display to good use.

Obviously, this tradition has earned The Sand Bar quite a lot of money. So naturally, it would take Knox and her friends some time to take every bill down. According to the owner, the entire process of unpinning, sanitizing and counting everything took them around a week and a half. But it seemed that all the hard work paid off, as they managed to rack up an impressive $3,714! And when their regular patrons found out about the initiative, they kindly chipped in to raise the total sum to $4,104. Knox then proceeded to donate $600 each to the bar’s four bartenders and two musicians.

dollar bills removed by bar owner lined up on bar counter
Jennifer Knox


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Jennifer Knox


The Sand Bar owner’s kind gesture is inspiring others


“I just can’t sit here and do nothing, I’ll do what I can for my people…. We all look out for each other. We are all in this together.”

Interior of The Sand Bar sans dollar bills
Jennifer Knox


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Jennifer Knox

Helping her staff during this tough time certainly gives us an idea on what kind of boss Knox is. Hearing about lay offs and pay cuts these days is really stressful. So it’s heartwarming to learn that there are business owners taking care of their employees instead of simply thinking about themselves. The bills Knox and her friends took down now will certainly be replaced and doubled in the future. In the meantime, you can help Knox in her cause for supporting the Tybee Island service industry via @Jennifer-Knox-61 in Venmo. She may have only had The Sand Bar for only 6 years, but she sure knows how to be a great boss!


This gesture is not only making the bar’s employees smile but also a lot of others

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cant wait to see those bills go in circulation


good people


now that's insurance


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some of those bills are worth far more than a dollar


those walls will be more full


very cool


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wonderful gesture


you do what you have to do

Source: Jennifer KnoxThe Sand Bar