Customers at a landmark burger joint called Fat Smitty's on Washington's Olympic Peninsula have wondered for years how much money was plastered to the eatery's walls and ceiling.

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Customers at a landmark burger joint called Fat Smitty’s on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula have wondered for years how much money was plastered to the eatery’s walls and ceiling.

The answer, it turns out, was a pretty penny.

The Peninsula Daily News reports ( http://is.gd/7s4YNO) that Carl “Fat Smitty” Schmidt enlisted Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to take down the dough this weekend, including many dollar bills decorated by patrons who stuck them on the walls.

The total? $10,316.

Schmidt says he’s giving all but $3,000 to a local Boy Scouts project. The rest will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Schmidt’s connection to that hospital wasn’t immediately known.

The tradition began years ago when a traveling salesman wrote his name on a single dollar bill and tacked it to the wall.

Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com