Published July 13, 2012
A man’s dying wish for a random act of kindness turned into a waitress’ good fortune in Kentucky, and now more struggling restaurant servers could be in for generous surprises.
Relatives of Aaron Collins, 30, who died on July 7, carried out his last wish by giving a random waitress in Lexington a $500 tip after their pizza dinner, MyFoxTwinCities.com reports.
"Aaron never had much money, and he didn't have enough to make this happen, so I started a website and took donations," brother Seth Collins said. "On July 10 we were able to make his wish come true for the first time."
The surprise tip was so successful and heartfelt that Collins’ relatives have since decided to continue raising money for random acts of kindness and generosity. More than $10,000 has been raised on aaroncollins.org as of Friday, ABC Action News reports.
A YouTube clip of Collins giving the money to the lucky waitress at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth has been viewed more than 663,000 times as of midday Friday.
“Are you serious? Are you kidding me?” she said. “Oh my God, I want to hug you. I don’t even know what to do.”
“He liked to give big tips,” Seth Collins replied.
“You know, I’m going to be telling this story for the rest of my life,” the unidentified waitress said. “You know I am. Have you seen that movie ‘Pay It Forward’? That’s what I feel like.”