When an Upper West Side bartender was working on a slow night, two men came into the establishment and chatted for a while. When one man told the bartender who he was, she didn’t believe him at first … until he left proof written on the bill.
Bartender Caitlin Cahill who works at Guyer’s Bar recounted that the two men came in and stayed for about an hour.
“It was a really slow, quiet night. We were just chatting for a while,” she told CBS2. She learned that one of the two men was former PayPal executive Jack Selby. Then, he asked her an unexpected question.
“Out of nowhere he mentioned ‘Tips for Jesus,’ and asked if I knew what it was,” Cahill said. “I said ‘yes,’ and he said, ‘well that’s me.’ I thought he was joking at first.”
“Tips for Jesus” was an act-of-kindness movement that took place across the United States from about 2013 to 2015; anonymous diners would leave lavish tips to servers and post the act of kindness on the tipsforjesus Instagram page. The movement, it seemed, was now back.
Cahill realized Selby wasn’t joking when she saw the bill, which was for $100, contained a $5,000 tip along with the words “We Back!” written on the top.
“I looked at the receipt and sure enough he left me a $5,000 tip,” she said.
Prior to Cahill, the last “tip for Jesus” had been $2,000 about a year ago.
“I was a little taken aback. I said, ‘are you sure?’ Maybe he had a good time, maybe he was feeling generous,” Cahill said.
San Francisco Magazine reported that there is, in fact, more than one person behind the act-of-kindness movement—there are actually around 10 people involved. The main organizer, who prefers to remain anonymous, told the magazine how “Tips For Jesus” is not necessarily Christian and explained why he started the movement:
“It’s just about helping people out,” the generous tipper told San Francisco Magazine. “It’s not hard to give back.
“When justified by great service, magnanimous gratuities are achievable by everyone—no excuses.
“It’s not taking a piece of the pie. It’s making the pie bigger.
“It’s pretty simple,” he said while drinking his $1.90 coffee. “It is getting expensive, though.”