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Customer leaves 23rd Street Brewery waitress $500 tip

July 26, 2013

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To 23rd Street Brewery waitress Jessica Betts, Seth Collins and his party seemed to be a normal table, but when she brought Collins his bill, she found that he was far from the average customer.

For her service Friday afternoon, Betts received a $500 tip from Collins.

Seth Collins left a $500 tip for waitress Jessica Betts at the 23rd Street Brewery on Friday. Collins, of Lexington, Ky., is traveling the country leaving $500 tips in honor of his brother Aaron, who died last July and left instructions in his will to leave the "awesome" gratuity.

Seth Collins left a $500 tip for waitress Jessica Betts at the 23rd Street Brewery on Friday. Collins, of Lexington, Ky., is traveling the country leaving $500 tips in honor of his brother Aaron, who died last July and left instructions in his will to leave the "awesome" gratuity.

Collins, of Lexington, Ky., is traveling the country and leaving $500 tips for people as a way to honor his brother, Aaron, who died last July. Betts was the 60th person to receive such a tip.

“I didn’t know why he was standing up and there was a camera, so I thought he was going to interview me for a school project,” Betts said.

What Collins did instead was explain that Aaron had specified in his will that his family should leave an “awesome” tip of $500 for a waiter or waitress somewhere. In order to fulfill that wish, Collins set up a PayPal account where friends and family could donate money for that first tip.

The initial exchange was videotaped and, after going viral on the Internet, it helped raise more than $50,000 for Collins to leave $500 tips for waiters and waitresses.

Currently, Collins is taking a road trip and he plans to leave a $500 tip in each of the 50 states. Lawrence was the 10th stop of the trip.

“(Aaron) always had a soft spot for the service industry, even as a kid,” Collins said, explaining that if his parents didn’t leave a good tip, Aaron would leave some of his allowance on the table.

Betts said she plans to spend her $500 on others — she wants to help her uncle, who is in a “rough situation,” and her roommate, whose dream is to go to hair school.

“I feel very blessed to have been here today and have gotten to be the one who got this,” she said.

To learn more about Aaron's last wish, visit http://aaroncollins.org/

Comments

Beth Ennis 8 months, 3 weeks ago

What a great story! I have been following the man who is doing this in his brothers name, and it is very cool that he came to Lawrence AND that he happened to tip a waitress who was able and willing to pay it forward! Kudo's to Jessica and Seth both!

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Stain 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It's somewhat off topic, but many people do not know that in Kansas, the "tip minimum wage" is legal. An employee who receives tips earns only $2.25 an hour from his employer.

So it is important to tip your servers. They should calling it a "tip" since the employer is not paying a real wage. You are paying twice - once for the food and again for the service.

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MaxBlue80 8 months, 3 weeks ago

That is a great thing to do. The waiters and waitresses in our restaurants are often treated poorly or otherwise not appreciated as much as they should be.

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Bob Harvey 8 months, 3 weeks ago

A number of us were lucky enough to be present when Jessica came over and shared her experience. Trust me when I say the group of us old, grizzled vets had water in our eyes as she related how this "paying if forward" moment touched her so. What a great story and such a reminder that there is so much good in the world. Bless this family that lost a special person who obviously meant so much to them. Jessica the smile on your face will long be remembered. I am sure your life will continue to pay it forward.

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Currahee 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds like the perfect person to tip. Helping out a roommate fulfill her dream... wow!

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