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'Tips for Jesus' giving continues to thrill those receiving

A waitress in San Francisco received a gigantic tip from the "Tips for Jesus" gentleman.
A waitress in San Francisco received a gigantic tip from the "Tips for Jesus" gentleman.
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On January 7th Tuesday evening the “Tips for Jesus” mystery continues to grow hit again in the city of San Francisco when a waitress at the Roka Akok Restaurant on Montgomery Street received a whopping $3000 dollar tip for a $147 meal.

From California to New York, and even in an incident in Mexico, generous tips are being left behind with comments of “God bless” and also a stamp being imprinted on the signature line saying “Tips for Jesus”.

The responsible individual and parties have been hop-scotching across the United States leaving “Tips for Jesus” since last year. The tips vary from $1000 to $7000 thousand dollars thrilling waiters and waitresses from simple eateries to swank restaurants in the heart of business districts.

During one short timeframe in Manhattan, New York, a restaurant at the NoMad Hotel received a $7000 tip, The Smith’s Restaurant helper received $3500, and Bo’s Kitchen yielded a $1000 tip for one happy waiter, Aruj Dhawan. Another New York eatery received a large $1000 tip for a $111.05 bill with the words “God bless” and a stamped “Tips for Jesus” on the signature line of the credit card receipt.

At the Seagrape in Fairfield, Connecticut, which is a college hang-out on the beach, a $5000 tip for a $112 bill was bestowed on the blessed server.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan a group of men visited the Valley Bar and left a $7000 tip. At one Cracker Barrel location, waitress Abigail Sailors in passing disclosed how she was saving money to finish schooling at Trinity Bible College. To her shock, the tip folder had a crisp $100 bill and two checks, one made out to Trinity Bible College for $5000.

A West Hollywood waitress by the name of Leigh Dallard is working her way through law school at a location called the ACA Bar. “Tips for Jesus” benefactors gave the shocked waitress $5000 which Leigh used for her law school application.

There has been a variance of generosity displayed by groups of two, three, to four diners, and sometimes a couple have been leaving substantial tips using the American Express black card, a prestigious card that cardholder’s receive by invitation only.

On Instagram there is a benevolent description of the “Tips for Jesus” crew which states, “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time." Since August of last year the “Tips for Jesus” moniker has been appearing on card receipts with wonderful tips and growing.

There seems to be either other Christians or copycats doing the same thing. While some work in groups and take delight in blessing others where even pictures are done, some disappear in stealth and leave the tips behind without being noticed.

At the Derby Public House in Scottsdale, Arizona a group of men were enjoying themselves and playing coy with a bartender named Kristi Jonas. They quipped, “Would it be awesome if we’re those guys leaving big tips?" After dropping a big tip of $2000 to Kristi, one of the group announced, “We’re the 'Tips for Jesus' guys."

Then in the case of the massive tip of $3000 on just a $147 bill left at the Roka Akor on January, 14th in San Francisco, the tipster was a lone gentleman said to be the ex-vice president of PayPal. The different tactics demonstrated at the various tip locations suggests several groups and individuals are taking up the task of blessing people as they go and posting receipts on Instagram.

This type of kindness being duplicated by others is a wonderful tactic to mimic. Those financially blessed using either their giving spirit as Christians or those copying the generosity of Christ by doing unto others as they would want to be treated is a glorious trait to possess.

A Bible principle declares, “givers gain”.

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