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Extraordinary $500 tip for a pizza all part of man’s final wish

Kindness is contagious is a lesson from learned the grave for a brother of a man who died suddenly at the young age of 30. His dying wish was do something extraordinary for a total stranger.  From that simple act, a movement was born and it bowled over a Chicago pizza server this afternoon.

Pequod’s server Vanessa Goldschmidt got the shock of her life today. On a mere $30-tab, she received a $500 gratuity.

It’s a happy moment following a sad story, the journey from grief to gratitude.

The last will and testament of Aaron Collins reads: “Leave an awesome tip and I don’t mean 25-percent! I mean $500 on a pizza.”

Aaron’s brother Seth didn’t hesitate for a moment.

Exactly one year ago today, less than a week after his brother passed away, he passed on that generous spirit,  giving that first whopping tip in their hometown, with the family gathered around at Puccini`s in Lexington, Kentucky.

Seth posted the experience on social media. The clip went viral and the gift grew.

To date more than $60,000 in donations has poured in, sending Seth on a mission across the country to drop tips in every state. And since Aaron was once a pizza server, and Chicago is famous for its pies, Seth chose Pequod`s for his big delivery.

Aaron’s idea of a gift for someone random turned out to be the best gift he could give his grieving brother, stretching out over the country now having visited 55 restaurants.

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8 Comments to “Extraordinary $500 tip for a pizza all part of man’s final wish”

    14th Gen American said:
    July 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    May he be smiling down from Heaven!!

    celestepiraino said:
    July 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM
    Tim Kusner said:
    July 12, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Great Story!

    Sandra B. Taylor said:
    July 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    Guest said:
    July 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Kindness matters, pay it forward! Thanks Aaron and Seth!

      Sal said:
      July 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Truly inspiring!!!! So Glad to know there is still hope for the future :0)

    dylan said:
    July 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Looking for ahead to reading extra from you in a while!? Im usually to blogging and i really respect your content.

    Tom said:
    August 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Maybe proofread your copy before you post it. That first sentence is ridiculous.

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