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The Man Behind "Tips For Jesus" Now Has An Identity

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.”

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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.