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While a lot of us woke up Thursday morning to head back to work, or to the malls for Christmas returns, Seth Collins was hitting the road on what could be the final leg of an 18-month feel-good mission of brotherly love.

Waiters and waitresses, rejoice. It's what Seth's kid brother, Aaron, wanted.

In fact, it was his last wish.

"Leave an awesome tip (and I don't mean 25%, I mean $500 on an f***ing pizza) for a waiter or waitress," Aaron wrote in his will. He was only 30 when he died on July 7, 2012.

"Aaron was a risk taker, he lived life by his own rules," Seth remembered as we sat in a bar -- where else? -- in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. "He didn't have a lot of money, he did jobs here and there, but any money he had he spent on his friends.

"He liked to make people happy. And even though he didn't have a lot of money, he enjoyed leaving a good tip for people who work hard and don't make a lot of money, themselves."

But why a $500 tip?

"Aaron's at Buffalo Wild Wings and gets a waitress who it's her first night on the job, guys are drinking and yelling, and she's getting orders all wrong... she did EVERYTHING wrong and told Aaron she was gonna quit.

"When Aaron got the bill -- and remember, he didn't make a lot of money -- he left her a $50 tip, and wrote on the check, 'Don't give up.'

"Immediately, you could see, her attitude changed and Aaron thought, 'Imagine what a $500 tip could do.'

 

"That was Aaron -- 'Be good to your friends,' he'd say. If you're good to other people, they'll be good to you."

So, instead of flowers or a donation in his name to a local charity, Seth asked family and friends to remember Aaron's last wish and give a few dollars toward "The Tip." Seth's an IT guy, so "building a website with a PayPal link for people to contribute was easy."

And contribute, they did.

A few days later, Seth and his family honored Aaron's last wish, going to a local pizza restaurant and giving the waitress a $500 tip. It was an emotional moment for all, and one that might have ended there -- if not for the power of social media.

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This again.  Please note it is more of a scam then anything.  They are traveling around the country leave big tips, but spending several thousand dollars to do it.  Enough fools thought it was done as a charity but in interviews the guy doing it stated that if he had to do it he might as well do it first class.  It was estimated that over 90% of the money donated is spent on travel and lodging.  That's not charity, that is criminal, but there are plenty of fools out there to support him.

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"That was Aaron -- 'Be good to your friends,' he'd say. If you're good to other people, they'll be good to you."

 

Excellent advice we should all live by.

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