Guy Travels Country Giving Out $500 Tips
Seth Collins' quest is tribute to late brother
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
In this image taken from video shot July 18, 2012, Seth Collins talks about leaving a $500 tip for 21-year-old waitress Chelsea Powell at Bella Notte restaurant in Lexington, Ky.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – When Aaron Collins died a year ago, the 30-year-old's will ended with an unusual request. "The last thing in it was that we go out to dinner and leave an awesome tip," brother Seth explains to NPR. "And he said, 'I'm not talking about 25%. I mean, $500 for pizza.'" Seth and his parents raised money from friends and family to carry out the 30-year-old's wish, and made a video about it—which went viral. More people started donating to the cause, giving more than $60,000 to date, so Seth set out on a quest to leave $500 tips in each of the 50 states. He's blogging about the odyssey on Aaron's Last Wish.

The 54th tip was handed out last week in Indianapolis, reports ABC News, which has video of the emotional waitress's reaction. Indiana is the 17th state Seth has hit, and he says the experience "never gets old." He's been handing out tips on a weekly basis, and is planning a four-month trip to hit the rest of the states. Aaron "had always been a generous tipper," Seth explains. As a kid, if he wasn't happy with the tip his parents left, "he would take a couple dollars of his own money and toss that on the table to help bolster the amount of the tip." (In other tip-related news, here's who gets your Starbucks tips.)

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Jul 8, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
This is great. Now if we can convince him to get up at 4:00 A.M. he could tip some young mothers who work 3 times as hard as most waitresses. No, really. I feel sorry for them more than any of them. Bar waitresses make LOTS of money. Gourmet waitress do real good too. Pizza ? Nah, unless it's at a great Italian restaurant, then they will do pretty good. Depending on geographics. But early A.M. breakfast waitresses are really hoppin' and working the worst hours. Bad tips, because food is cheaper and more coffee, etc. is served. Sincerely, KennyLLC
Jul 8, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
These people are great examples. They will brighten up many people's lives. This is why servers should always do their best, because most people will tip 20%, but there's always assholes that tip way less.
Jul 8, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a fartthing. And he called to him his disciples, and said to them, Truly I say to you, That this poor widow has cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living..........Mark 12:42-44