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A $500 tip for pizza: Family fulfills man’s dying wish

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A Kentucky man's family was able to satisfy his dying wish this week and give a local waitress an emotional surprise when they gave her a $500 tip on a pizza.

 

 


"My brother passed away July 7, 2012. His final wish in his will, if he left enough money, was that we have pizza and give the waiter or waitress a $500 tip. Aaron never had much money , and he didn't have enough to make this happen, so I started a website and took donations. On July 10 we were able to make his wish come true for the first time.

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"My brother passed away July 7, 2012. His final wish in his will, if he left enough money, was that we have pizza and give the waiter or waitress a $500 tip. Aaron never had much money , and he didn't have enough to make this happen, so I started a website and took donations. On July 10 we were able to make his wish come true for the first time.

A Kentucky man's family was able to satisfy his dying wish this week and give a local waitress an emotional surprise when they gave her a $500 tip on a pizza.

Aaron Collins died just three days after his July 7 birthday, and his family says his last request was for them to spread some generosity to an unsuspecting stranger.

“He left us a will full of his personality,” his brother Seth wrote in aJuly 9 post on a tribute website. “He asked that any debt he owed his parents be repaid should he have money in the bank at his death, but also had the following request: Third, leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f***ing pizza) for a waiter or waitress.”

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Word spread quickly after the family posted Aaron’s wish online, and by July 11 they had raised enough money to make their first gift, which they captured in an emotional video posted to YouTube.

In the clip, the family surprises a young waitress at a Lexington restaurant called Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, where they hand her a wad of cash when she comes to the table.

"My brother passed away late last week and his last wish ... He didn't have the money to take care of himself, so we took donations,” Seth explains to her in the video. “He asked that we go have pizza and leave the waiter or waitress a $500 tip.”

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"Are you serious?" the waitress exclaims, quickly getting teary-eyed. "Are you kidding me?"

"No, that's what he wanted,” Seth responds.

Clearly in disbelief, the waitress starts fanning herself, repeatedly asking if they are serious about giving her the stack of money.

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"Oh my God, I want to hug you," she says, crying as she wraps her arms around him.

"I'm going to be telling this story for the rest of my life," she says.

Aaron’s family shared the video on his tribute website and called for more donations in his memory, saying they would continue to give them to waiters and waitresses in $500 chunks the way he would have wanted.

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SETHCOLLINS VIA YOUTUBE

"My brother passed away July 7, 2012. His final wish in his will, if he left enough money, was that we have pizza and give the waiter or waitress a $500 tip. Aaron never had much money , and he didn't have enough to make this happen, so I started a website and took donations. On July 10 we were able to make his wish come true for the first time.

So far they say have received enough to make at least one more donation.

The website does not say how Aaron died, but Seth wrote that he “took great joy in unexpected kindness” and thought a good tip was the kind of thing that could leave “a mark on a person’s life.”

 

 

 

Duerson, Meena Hart.  "A $500 tip for pizza: Family fulfills man’s dying wish". NY Daily News. 12 July 2012. Web. 

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