Stories like this one make me all warm & fuzzy inside. 🙂
For the past few months, a generous tipper has been leaving waiters and waitresses across the country hundreds & thousands of dollars in tips.
When paying for meals, the mystery tipper signs his large tab and often stamps the receipt with ‘Tips for Jesus.’
[FLASHBACK: Tyler Perry Rescues Atlanta Cub Scouts… ]
The generous mystery man also created an instagram account, where he uploaded copies of the receipts as proof of his good deeds.
The ‘tipster’ got quite a bit of press in several cities, with some even expecting a fraudulent outcome from the exorbitant amounts. But the generosity was genuine and the tips kept rolling in.
Well… now the generous tipster has been outed and his identity has been revealed.
Details + photos below…
The generous mystery tipper who has been bringing joy to the bank accounts of waiters and waitresses across the country has been identified by a New York City waiter as Jack Selby, former PayPal vice president.
Aruj Dhawan, a waiter at Bo’s Kitchen, told the New York Post that Selby and two other patrons gave him a $1,000 tip on a $111.05 bill.
“As I was about to drop the check off, one of the men said they would ‘make my night.’ They called me over, gave me the check,” Dhawan told the Post. “I was amazed … I was just really thankful.”
So were Dhawan’s co-workers: The Chelsea restaurant pools its tips among staffers at the end of the night.
Selby made millions when PayPal was sold to eBay so he’s been paying it forward by leaving all those huge tips.
According to the Post, when Selby was asked why he tipped so much, he stated that he did it ‘just because’ and normally tips around ‘a hundred times the bill.’
There have been bigger tips bearing the “Tips for Jesus” mark left across Manhattan over the weekend: $3,500 on a $391.95 bill at the Smith near Lincoln Center, and $7,000 on a $2,994.61 check at the NoMad in Midtown.
The anonymous tipping campaign began last September in Ann Arbor, Mich., when a $3,000 tip was left on an $87.88 bill. A day later, a $2,000 tip was left on a $215 meal, then $5,000 on a $214.75 check.
An Instagram account bearing the @tipsforjesus name shows photos of the generous gratuities. Its tagline? “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
Major props to Selby for bringing joy to the hearts of waiters and waitresses around the country! Hopefully the disclosure of his identity won’t stop his good deeds.