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The Man Behind “Tips For Jesus” Now Has An Identity

A successful entrepreneur pays it forward.

Chris Queen


December 10, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Tips for Jesus

Just last week I wrote about the mystery tipper who gives generously and posts photos of his receipts under the Instagram account “Tips For Jesus.” It turns out one New York server discovered who he is.

The generous mystery tipper who has been leaving waiters and waitresses across the country thousands of dollars in “Tips for Jesus” — and stamped with the @tipsforjesus handle — was identified by a New York City waiter as Jack Selby, former PayPal vice president.

Aruj Dhawan, a waiter at Bo’s Kitchen, told the New York Post that Selby and two other patrons gave him a $1,000 tip on a $111.05 bill.

“As I was about to drop the check off, one of the men said they would ‘make my night.’ They called me over, gave me the check,” Dhawan told the Post. “I was amazed … I was just really thankful.”


According to the Post, Bo’s manager, Benjamin Cramer, asked Selby why he tipped so much. “He said, ‘Just because.’ I was told, ‘We tip a hundred times the bill.’”

Bigger tips bearing the “Tips for Jesus” mark were left across Manhattan over the weekend: $3,500 on a $391.95 bill at the Smith near Lincoln Center, and $7,000 on a $2,994.61 check at the NoMad in Midtown.

Selby made millions when eBay bought PayPal, and now he is paying it forward. More power to him. I hope pulling the veil off his identity won’t hurt his efforts to reward hardworking folks in the service industry.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered office manager for an IT managed services provider, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website,

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"Just because?"

That's not much of a mission statement.

I expected more. But then again, perhaps not. When money flows like water, sacrifice can be shrugged off.
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Why can't people let well enough alone? Sometimes not finding the man behind the curtain is ok.
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My son got a $10 tip the other day just for carrying a heavy package to someone's car. He was so happy it might as well have been a thousand dollars.
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Wouldn't it be wonderful if, instead of frightening him away from doing this any more, it became so commonplace that it wasn't even worthy of comment? The one problem I have with that is that I don't wait tables in a restaurant, and my job typically doesn't earn tips.

The problem, of course, is that most people have an "I gave at the office" attitude, because they pay taxes. Of course those taxes rarely get very close to actual working people who make little money; most wind up in the pocket of a bureaucrat somewhere, and they're almost never income-deprived, these days.
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