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December 5, 2013

Big tips given out to honor deceased brother’s request

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip.

On Wednesday night, Seth Collins of Lexington, Ky., did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly’s waitress in Springfield, Vt. It’s part of a nationwide tour that Collins is carrying out in the name of his brother, who died in July 2012 at the age of 30.

In a story provided by the Eagle Times of Claremont, the Friendly’s waitress, Julie Bombria, said she thought she was going to faint after getting the generous tip.

“This is the nicest thing anyone has done,” she said.

In his will, Aaron Collins asked his family to give his money to people in need. His cause of death is still unknown, according to the newspaper. Through his family, he’s given away 81 tips throughout the country.

Initially, Seth Collins took family and friends to dinner at a Lexington restaurant, gave their server $500 and recorded it.

— AP

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