Kentucky man to embark on 17,000-mile road trip as part of goal to give $500 tips in every state in honor of his late brother
Seth Collins has visited 54 restaurants in 17 states so far. He made the first $500 tip to honor his brother’s dying wish, but has taken that many steps further after an outpouring of support.
By David Boroff / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Seth Collins is traveling around the country giving $500 tips to servers in every state.
Kentucky native Seth Collins is on a mission to give the generous gratuities to servers in every state in the U.S.
So far he has visited 54 restaurants in 17 states. Tip No. 54 went to server Beth Foster of Thre3e Wise Men Brewing Company in Indianapolis on Monday.
He will soon embark on a whopping 17,000-mile road trip to hit every remaining state except Alaska and Hawaii.
Collins is documenting his travels on his ‘Aaron’s Last Wish’ website.
“I never expected that this would still be happening,” Seth Collins told the Daily News on Tuesday. “I am really excited that it has. It has made for a great legacy for my brother.”
It all started last July when Aaron Collins’ heart stopped beating and he died suddenly at just 30 years of age. In his will, he asked that a stranger be given $500.
Seth Collins went to a restaurant in his hometown of Lexington and gave a waitress a $500 tip. He recorded the moment and posted it online.
The outpouring was staggering. Within a short time, national media outlets were calling Seth and he raised more than $60,000 for “Aaron’s Last Wish.”
Tip No. 54 went to server Beth Foster of Thre3e Wise Men Brewing Company in Indianapolis.
Fueled by the support and the donations, Seth decided to put the money to good use and give away as many $500 tips as possible. He is recording every act of generosity.
Collins believes he will reach somewhere between 90 and 100 restaurants in all 50 states.
The experience has been time-consuming, but rewarding, he says. One waitress in Richmond, Ky., was camera shy and needed convincing. But every other tip went off without a hitch.
The most moving moment, he says, came at Pies & Pints Pizzeria in Charleston, W.Va. The server had just lost his mother two weeks before.
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Seth Collins delivers his first $500 tip last year.
“The passing of my brother gave him something special and made him happy so soon after the loss of his mother,” Collins said.
The most tasty meal so far was the burger at Far Bar in Los Angeles. He has left tips at three different New York City restaurants, including the Cosmic Diner in midtown.
Soon Collins, who has two younger sisters, will soon embark on his massive road trip. And he will have his brother on his mind the whole time.
“It’s definitely reminded me of how important it is to be generous,” he said.