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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Frank Sullivan
Dec 4, 2013 3:36 AM CST
Wait a sec here... If I waited on a table and got a 1-K tip on a $152 tab, all in the name of 'Jesus' I'd say a quick prayer of thanks and pocket it!
Dec 3, 2013 11:45 PM CST
Someone or some persons are having fun with entitlement giving, flaunting money as if that were the blessing, not realizing that the act triggers mixed emotions and perhaps a problem. These "tips" are taxable. And folks who get too much want much more. WWJD, well He tries to do good, He needs his people to help out. So this "tipper" is probably finding a way to make a bit easier. What about the millions of children helped out in East African with minimal food, footwear, surgery, medical helps, that live perpetually in hunger even though they may get a meal or snort glue to stave off hunger. That is what needs to be addressed and as "Christians" we fail miserably at that ministry. Just too many can't be helped over the long term and the problem is that after the minimal assist, they are left abandoned only to wonder who their G'd really is. So my humble opinion is don't play Santa Claus, even if it inflates into joy for the moment. Help the truly needy to live, end the suffering. Jesus would n't wish suffering on anyone, He knows what that was all about, personally.
Dec 3, 2013 6:33 PM CST
WWJD? leave hulking big tips for the ill paid workers. And a sermon of course.