Aaron Collins’ dying wish was to make a stranger happy.
As well as requesting in his will that any debt to his parents was repaid, the 30-year-old asked that his family left an ‘awesome tip’ for a waiter or waitress.
‘Third, leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f****** pizza) for a waiter or waitress,’ he wrote to his family.
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After Aaron died on July 7, Seth Collins launched a website and started collecting money in a bid to carry out his brother’s final wish.
By July 11 he had raised enough money to leave the $500 tip and fulfill his brother’s wish.
Captured in an emotional video posted on YouTube, the Kentucky family surprises a young waitress working at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth in Lexington.
When the waitress presents them with a cheque Seth hands over a $500 wad of cash.
‘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. ‘He asked that we go have pizza and leave the waiter or waitress a $500 tip.’
The woman cannot believe what is happening and asks incredulously: ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding me?’
‘No, that’s what he would have wanted,’ Seth says.
Clearly shocked, the waitress begins fanning herself before embracing Seth.
‘I’m going to be telling this story for the rest of my life,’ she says beaming.
Aaron’s family shared the video on the tribute website asking for more donations so they can continue to hand out $500 tips in Aaron’s memory.
Since posting the video two days ago the family have raised more than $10,000 – enough to dish out incredible $500 tips to 20 more unsuspecting waiters and waitresses.
In a post today, Seth Collins thanked people for the ‘overwhelming amount of support’ and described the donations as ‘absolutely incredible.’
Aaron passed away three weeks after his 30th birthday, the website does not say how he died but describe him as ‘the type of person that took great joy in unexpected kindness.’
They describe his will as ‘full of his personality.’