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'Tips for Jesus' ID: Anonymous tipper identified in NYC

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The Good Samaritan behind the "Tips for Jesus" craze has been ID'd. Sources say Jack Selby, a former PayPal vice president, has been identified as the mystery tipper, who has been giving out oversize gratuities to food servers in New York and across the country, some as high as $7,000.

The Tips for Jesus ID was made by a waiter from Bo's Kitchen in Chelsea over the weekend. Aruj Dhawan received a $1,000 tip from an eccentric diner known as the former executive of the online payment services company, the New York Post wrote on Dec. 10.

Selby entered the popular eatery on West 24th Street around 11 p.m with two guests. The trio ordered beers, whiskey, pork chops, pasta, and shrimp. Their bill totaled $111.05. And then Dhawan got the shock of his serving career.

He said "as I was about to drop the check off, one of the men said they would 'make my night.' They called me over, gave me the check — I was amazed. They took a picture [with me] and literally, just like that, they walked out."

The Tips for Jesus bill contained $1,000 in gratuity, which was split between the lucky waiter and other servers. Cha-ching, right?

And when the manager asked the big tipper why he was leaving so much behind, he simply said, "We tip a hundred times the bill."

As one of the original founders of PayPal, reportedly, Selby and others made windfalls when the company was acquired by eBay in October of 2002.

Speculation has been circulating since the Secret Santa started the random tipping campaign in Michigan back in September. Essentially, it involves Selby rewarding a waitress/waiter with an enormous tip, often thousands of dollars more than the cost of the meal.

Affixed to all receipts were the words @tipsforJesus, "God Bless," or "Tips for Jesus." A search online produces the anonymous Instagram account, which has the slogan titled, "Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time."

And with the Tips for Jesus ID'd and his cover blown, hopefully Selby continues his random acts of kindness, even beyond restaurant settings.


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