Vermont server gets $500 tip from Seth Collins as part of Aaron’s last wish

Kentucky man's dying wish was to give restaurant servers $500 tips.
By Evan Bleier   |  Dec. 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Seth Collins left a $500 tip for a Friendly's server in Springfield, Vt. -- but it wasn’t just for excellent service. Collins gave her the hefty tip in the name of his late brother Aaron, who died in 2012 after asking in his will that his family members give money to those in need.

What initially began as a $500 tip to a server in Lexington, Ky., has grown into a nationwide quest carried out by Seth in honor of Aaron to give servers the tip of a lifetime.

Seth has created a website where people can donate to the cause. This is how it explains his mission:

“Aaron lived his life quickly, not holding on to many things and always with a vigor to have experiences not possessions. He was incredibly sentimental, though he always tried to hide it. The small things people did for him are what touched him the most. He was generous with the limited means he had, and his last wishes were that any money he had be given freely in ways that would impact those who received it.”

The tip Seth left in Springfield was the 81st.

“My mom’s friend, Rita, lives in Springfield and was kind enough to host me so that was my stop in Vermont. Many of her family and friends joined us as did one of our longtime supporters, Joie. We all met up at Friendly’s where we surprised Julie with the 81st $500 tip!”

According to reports, Seth will continue to work his way down the East Coast.


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