It's as if there's a competition going on right now for best tipper, because after "Tips for Jesus" gained nationwide attention, another man is also making headlines for leaving unusually large gratuities. His story, however, is no secret.
Actually, it's interactive!
Seth Collins set out on a mission to honor his brother Aaron's dying wish to "eat, be merry and leave a giant tip" by dropping $500 for waiters and waitresses at restaurants around the country. FOX News reports that Aaron passed away in July 2012 at the age of 30, though the cause of his death has not been disclosed. In his will, Aaron left $500 for his family to use to purchase a pizza and leave the cash as an "awesome tip."
The initial tip was recorded and uploaded to YouTube; not long after, generous people all over the world began donating money so that Seth could continue with the project. It has since become known as "Aaron's Last Wish."
To date, Seth has worked his way across the US from west to east, giving away 81 tips to unsuspecting servers, and documenting each experience via YouTube. He deems each stop a "wish" and has created a website with a map denoting every restaurant hit along the journey. By clicking each point, you can watch the set-up and reveal.
Seth also launched a Facebook and Indiegogo campaign to support the project, through which he's raised $50,000. He's in Boston this week, and will move along the Eastern seaboard to Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Philadelphia over the coming weeks.
He completed his latest surprise wish at a Friendly's in Springfield, Vermont, where the waitress nearly refused to take the money she was offered. "I'm speechless," she said.
Earlier, in Little Rock, AR, a young mother with a 4-year-old was moved to tears when she received the reward. "This will help me out so much," she said. "You're going to make me cry."
Once it even happened on TV, when the hosts of "Take Part Live" in Los Angeles ordered a pizza during their interview with Seth. After accepting his surprise tip, the delivery guy read the note that came along with the cash.
"You received this because of my brother Aaron," he read. "His last wish was that a waiter or waitress be given a $500 tip. We hope this will inspire you as much as it has us."
If you too are inspired or want to learn more about Seth's journey, check out the project's website.