Mystery Big Tipper's Identity (Maybe) Revealed

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A feel-good story has been circulating on the Internet as of late: Someone posing under the name @TipsForJesus has been leaving $1,000 and $10,000 tips on restaurant bills around the United States. He or she recently struck at Harris Restaurant on Van Ness, leaving server Andy a $1,500 tip on a $468 bill, and has distributed the same monetary goodwill to lucky waiters and waitresses in L.A., Phoenix, and more.

Now the gig is up, maybe. With some detective work, Valleywag has revealed that Mr. @TipsForJesus is probably Jack Selby, a former PayPal VP who made a lot of money when the company went public. It's unclear how Valleywag got the scoop (sounds like through a tipster?) but it seems that the Mystery of the Service Industry Benefactor has been solved for now.

Let's just hope that the reveal of his identity won't stop Mr. Selby from distributing money throughout the lands like a reformed Scrooge McDuck, and that his actions will inspire others to do the same this holiday season.



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tenderheart
tenderheart

Tears immediately sprang to my eyes, when I read this story,  there were to many days when working as a server and raising my children that no matter how hard I worked the ends just did not meet.  Sometimes the only thing that kept me going, was the slim possibility of this ultimate 'kindness by stranger' tip.  Thank GOD there are really people like this in the world.  No longer work as a server but I always tip like I wanted to be tipped.

opatrick580
opatrick580

That's not Jack. He is a sweet guy but actually not that clever to write something like "tips for jesus". He leaves employees at Tacolicious big tips like that all the time. NBD.

sfhrod
sfhrod topcommenter

@johnny137 has a good point, publicity stunt?...maybe?

Jonathan Prado
Jonathan Prado

Elizabeth Collemacine let's hope he comes to the cafe

johnny137
johnny137 topcommenter

You guys realize that people's names are on the actual credit cards, right?

Derek Schneider
Derek Schneider

Why is it such a mystery read the name on the card and take a picture of the guy...

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

I have worked as a waiter many times, fine dining and show clubs with famous entertainment and have paid taxes on an "estimated" tip income based on total sales for the year. I love the tip for Jesus stories but... most wait persons know how much the tip is before the customer leaves the establishment and most people have phones with cameras so, I don't get the mystery...

Nicole Maron
Nicole Maron

Yes, if someone is anonymously leaving huge tips, by all means expose his identity so he'll stop. Heaven forbid servers get a little unexpected Xmas cheer. *shakes head at the stupidity*

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