Anonymous Restaurant Tipper's Generosity Is Spreading!


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Just a few months ago, there were a slew of heartwarming 'giving forward' incidents being reported by fast food restaurants all across America. Now, there is a new giving trend surfacing in fine dining establishments, in the form of extraordinarily generous tips!

It began in Ann Arbor, Michigan on September 8th, 2013. Some diners walked into a local restaurant and ran up a bill of $87.88 USD. When it came time to pay, they added $3,000 USD to the tip and then quietly sneaked away. The only clue that it was not a mistake, was a stamp of twitter handle @tipsforjesus.

That same day, the generous anonymous tipper gave an additional $5,000 USD to another waiter and then even a heftier $7,000 USD, to the co-owner of Alley Bar also in Ann Arbor. Since then, the trend has continued all the way from New York City to Chicago to San Francisco. Each time the anonymous tipper strikes, he takes a copy of the restaurant bill reflecting his generosity and posts it on Instagram, for all to see.

In December 2013, Arjun Dhawan, a waiter at Bo's restaurant in New York, who received $1,000 USD, identified the tipper as former Paypal Vice President and multi-millionaire, Jack Selby. Though that rumor has never been confirmed, on February 21st, the mysterious man who has so far given away $130,000 USD in tips, did meet with a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle. Under the condition that his identity not be revealed, the man behind 'Tips for Jesus' disclosed that the reason for the generous tips was to give back and also, encourage others that have been as fortunate, to do the same.

Seems as though his message is getting across. On Saturday, February 1st, Amber Kariolich, Amy Sabani and Sarah Seckinge, who waitress at the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Illinois, were discussing amongst themselves how hard it was to make ends meet, whilst still going to school. Unknown to the trio, a customer that Amber had just finished serving was listening to the conversation. Before leaving the restaurant, she handed them each a check for $5,000 USD, to 'help with school and everything else in life'. The only thing she requested of course, was complete anonymity.

If that is not heartwarming enough, on February 15th, 2014, another generous customer left a $1,000 USD tip for a $61 USD tab at the Maui Brick Oven in Hawaii. To ensure that the waiter did not think it was an error, he/she even scribbled 'not a typo' on the side! Will more copycats join the trend? 'Tips for Jesus', certainly hopes so - He for one is planning to continue doing his part by giving back, one ginormous tip at at time.


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  • young_weezle02
    young_weezle02Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:48 am
    i wish i was those people i would be hype af mann
    • AbbyWednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm
      do any of you like my hair today?
      • AbbyWednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm
        THAT IS WAY TO NICE!!!!!!!:)
        • lukew1
          lukew1Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:43 am
          They are not only giving money, but they are giving happiness and help (If you can give that). (: (: (:
          • pennyprado
            pennypradoSaturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm
            wow, jesus' love is spreading FAST
            • pennyprado
              pennypradoSaturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm
              wow!!! jesus's love is really spreading! Hope Singapore will have the same change!
              • mindy910
                mindy910Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 5:52 am
                that is the sweetest thing iv'e ever heard! they don't want anyone to know their identify because when everyone knows who did it, there would be people swarming their house, asking so many questions, and they would have to have body guards because some people may not agree what the person did, and maybe want to hurt the person. they don't want anything to do with paparazzi, and it's not all about the fame.these people are just doing the good works of jesus.
                • pipermc11
                  pipermc11Friday, February 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm
                  I saw something like that before-it was AWE-SOME!!
                  • kassandrakissup
                    kassandrakissupFriday, February 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm
                    i get why they dont want all the attention but whoever is doing this is a very generous person
                    • daphoenix1213
                      daphoenix1213Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm
                      They don't want people swarming them asking for tips, or news reporters filming their whole life.
                    • M&MThursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm
                      That is one of the nicest things i've ever seen