One dying man’s wish was to leave a $500 tip for a waiter or waitress, to clear up any outstanding debts he may have owed to his parents, and to give a homeless person some money.
“I’m not talking about 25%. I mean $500 for a … pizza,” Aaron Collins, 30, wrote in his will, according to his brother.
Collins died on July 7, just three weeks after his 30th birthday, in a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital, leaving behind family and friends who took up his final request — to leave a big tip.
Family and friends fulfilled Aaron’s request, tipping one waitress at a pizzeria in Lexington the $500.
“Well, this is where it’s happening,” Seth Collins says, sitting inside the pizzeria on Tuesday. “I’m waiting for the rest of the family to get here and then we’ll be going in and having lunch and giving someone a big tip. Hope it means a lot to them.”
Restaurant manager Caroline Coleman told CNN the family came in and ordered from waitress Sarah Ward.
A visibly stunned Ward asked: “Are you serious? Are you kidding me?”
Seth Collins answered: “That’s what he wanted. Yeah, and if people keep donating, we will keep giving away $500.”
Ward then hugged him. “I’m going to be telling this story the rest of my life,” she said.
A preliminary investigation of Collins’ cause of death points to suicide by strangulation, according to the Fayette County coroner, though final autopsy results have yet to be released. Collins’ family question the initial findings, saying there was no indication he would take his own life, according to his brother.