Seth Collins Leaves $500 Tips In Honor Of Late Brother Aaron Collins [VIDEO]
Seth Collins continued to fulfill his brother’s last wish last week when he left a $500 tip to waitress Beth Foster at Thre3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind. This random act of kindness marks the fifty-fourth $500 tip given out by Collins in honor of his younger brother, Aaron Collins.
Seth began his journey one year ago, when his brother, Aaron, died of unknown causes at the age of thirty. In a will reportedly found on Aaron’s computer, Aaron told his family that he wanted them to “leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%). I mean $500 on a… pizza.”
Less than one week after Aaron’s death, having raised the $500, the Collins family went out for pizza at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth in Lexington, Ky., and gave their waitress a $500 tip. The family recorded the event and posted it on YouTube, where it has garnered well over 2 million views. Once the video went viral, Seth set up a website in Aaron’s honor and donations to the Aaron’s Last Wish fund started pouring in. Seth has not stopped giving $500 tips for Aaron since.
“He [Aaron] was a generous guy… If he had extra money and friends came over, he would take friends out to dinner,” Seth told ABC News.
As Tips for Aaron evolved, Seth decided to take his brother’s generosity across state lines, and has embarked on a cross-country road trip. His goal is to leave at least one $500 tip in each of the fifty states. So far, he has visited seventeen.
“It doesn’t seem to be about the money. It’s about the random kindness – that unexpected kindness from a stranger, not just people who have gotten the money, but people who have watched it. And I think that really surprised me,” Seth has said about the experience.
Seth is currently on the road, and you can keep up with his ‘tip’ trip on the official Aaron’s Last Wish Facebook page. Tina Rae Collins, Aaron and Seth’s mother, has also written a book about the experience, Aaron Collins Did That, available on Amazon.