Glenn has spent the last several weeks talking about the importance of finding and highlighting the positive, feel good stories that happen all around us on a daily basis. Although Glenn was absent from radio this morning because of a bad case of laryngitis, Pat and Stu shared the story of the ‘Tips for Jesus’ movement that is beginning to go viral.
It is unknown whether Tips for Jesus is a generous individual or group of individuals, but over the last few months, massive tips have been left at pubs, restaurants, and other establishments around the country with ‘TipsForJesus’ written or stamped on the receipt.
“This is a great story coming out actually all around the country. It's bizarre. I don't know what to make of it yet. But there's a guy who is going around the country, sitting down at restaurants, having a normal meal and leaving ridiculous large tips for waitresses,” Stu explained. “And you kind of heard this story before: Occasionally, somebody leaves a large tip. But he's doing it all over the country. It’s called ‘Tips for Jesus’. He has an Instagram account and it’s been active since at least September. Tips range from $500 all the way to $10,000.”
An Instagram account with the username “TipsForJesus” is continuously documenting these escapades, including images of receipts from each good deed and some of the elated faces of individuals receiving these gifts.
While those behind the tip giving effort remain a mystery, a mission statement is present on the aforementioned Instagram account: “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
Gawker explained that this individual or group has been able to fly under the radar so far over the past few months, leaving tips that range from $500 to $10,000. Adding up receipts, the outlet reported that more than $54,000 has been doled out so far.
“The check for one particular meal, $87.98 and the tip was $3,000. And another one, $285 check, tip $2,000. Another one, $214 check, tip $5,000. And then waiters take pictures with the checks and everything. And they have evidence of all the credit cards clearing,” Stu said. “$24 check, tip $500 – so $524 and signed at the bottom: @TipsForJesus. And the guy, his Instagram slogan is: Doing the Lord's work one tip at a time. And apparently, you know, he's doing it all over.”
Below are some of the pictures that have been posted to the Instagram account:
Check out more Tips for Jesus photos HERE.