Vanessa Goldschmidt, a server at Pequod's Pizza in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood, said she was shocked when customer Seth Collins, 33, of Lexington, Ky., handed her a $500 tip on a $45 tab after explaining the last request of his brother, Aaron, who committed suicide last year at the age of 30, the Chicago Tribune reported in Friday's print edition.
"Leave an awesome tip (and I don't mean 25 percent. I mean $500 on a (expletive) pizza) for a waiter or waitress," read the last line of Aaron's will, which he left on his computer for his family to find.
"I'm just taken aback. It's such an amazing gesture," Goldschmidt said.
Collins said Thursday marked the 56th time he has fulfilled his brother's final wish. He said the video he posted online of a waiter's reaction to his first $500 tip led to donations pouring in from around the world from people who want him to continue leaving the large gratuities.
Collins, who has set up a nonprofit to handle the donations and support his quest, said he is hoping to leave tips in all 50 states before Christmas of this year.