Mystery 'TipsforJesus' Diner Drops $54K in Huge Tips

Anonymous Good Samaritan leaving considerably more than 20%

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 3, 2013 12:38 PM CST

(Newser) – Someone is going around the country leaving humongous tips at restaurants under the moniker "TipsForJesus," and the Daily Dot estimates they've added up to $54,000 so far. Think tips like $1,000 on a $152 tab—you can see pictures of the receipts on Instagram. The anonymous Good Samaritan leaves their @TipsForJesus handle on the receipts, but so far there are few other clues to his or her identity—though Eater reports that the person is taking credit for the huge tips left in Utah earlier this year.

More than one person could be behind it: Eater notes that the Instagram account often uses the word "we," and some of the receipts have featured different handwriting. And it's apparently a football fan, as some of the receipts have lined up with the dates and places of college football games and USC's "Fight On" slogan has been written on some; a server tells the South Bend Tribune a member of the group that left two $5,000 tips was wearing a USC jersey. Whoever it is, he or she is making sure servers actually get their tips: When the aforementioned server said she did not, TipsForJesus posted a picture of the AmEx statement showing the tip went through, and recommended that if the server was being cheated, she should "call the local paper and ESPN" and lawyer up, because "what they're doing flys [sic] in the face of what Jesus would do."

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