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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  • lexieThursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm
    Thair very nice and the fact that they don't want to be noticed is crasy because they don't get any credit for it
    • susie
      susieThursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm
      they are so nice!! fact: they donate/give tons of money. fact: they do not want to be recognized!!
      • tThursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm
        i would give $1,000,000
        • anna4444
          anna4444Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm
          I think that is awesome but money is not every thing
          • daphoenix1213
            daphoenix1213Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm
            True, but it's not like they can donate love or something. It's the next best thing.
            • susie
              susieThursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm
              we heard...
            • anna4444
              anna4444Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm
              Thats cool but money is not everything.
              • samantha166
                samantha166Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:39 am
                that is a lot of money i love that the stamp says tips for jesus
                • brittThursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:14 am
                  i left a tip for 200$ before
                  • taylor_swift13
                    taylor_swift13Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:32 am
                    Yes tips for jesus!!
                    • :DThursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:09 am
                      my dad did this one time at the waffle house tip:$ 100.00
                      • coolThursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:21 am
                        wow that guy must have a lot of money