Tips For Jesus Gives $13,000 In A Week To Restaurant Workers

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Within the space of a week, some restaurant workers found their holiday cup of cheer filled to overflowing. The mysterious movement of people who leave outrageously outsized tips under the moniker "Tips for Jesus" struck again with a $2,000 tip on January 2 and separate $1,000 and $10,000 whoppers on December 27 -- all within the span of a week, according to the group's Instagram account and a Newsy report.

Big tips, with "Tips for Jesus" written on the charge slips, have appeared across the country and even down in Mexico. The Instagram account has the tag line, "Doing the Lord's work, one tip at a time," and is followed by 85,000 people.

The most recent $2,000 tip happened at a restaurant called Tacolicious in San Francisco. The $10,000 and $1,000 amounts were at the Crudo Italian restaurant in Phoenix.

"I was like, dropped everything I had and just froze for second. ... I had a bottle in my hand when he said it," said bartender Clint Spotleson to Newsy. "It was a quick slip, but I caught it. ... The owner just kind of gave me this look like, 'Oh my gosh, wow!'"


The tipper in this case left the smaller amount on a $331.40 bill and then stayed for more drinks, which is when he gave the $10,000.

It's unclear how many people are involved with the group or who started it, although many suspect that the founder is former PayPal vice president Jack Selby. Spotleson described the tipper in this case as a man "in an age group where he's not old and rackety, but he's definitely got the ability to spend that kind of money."

SanFrancisco Magazine claims an interview with the person. They say he is wealthy, of course, and possesses "surprisingly pedestrian taste in coffee" in a city known for chichi and expensive brews. The man says the movement started in an Ann Arbor, Michigan bar after a college football game. At first the tippers hand wrote the Tips for Jesus name but then started using a rubber stamp.

Although some religious people have pointed to Tips for Jesus as a clearly Christian activity, apparently it isn't. The founder describes the group as mostly agnostic. Moreover, the Instagram posting isn't in the spirit of the Gospels admonition to do charitable work in secret.

However, for as long as it may continue to last, you can bet that the 85,000 followers, and probably many more restaurant workers, are waiting for the next strike of the megatippers.

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