The mysterious benefactor of humanity TipsForJesus has been leaving a trail of dolla dolla bills all across the country, and over the weekend that trail led to several restaurants in NYC. Using just the handle @tipsforjesus to identify them, the phantom of excessive gratuity left a $7,000 tip at The NoMad and $1,000 at Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room over the weekend. So far, more than $80,000 has been given away. Way to go above and beyond the New Rules for Tipping, whoever you are.
While the identity of the tipper remains a mystery, it seems that the TipsForJesus phenomenon might have multiple people behind it, because tips were left under the name simultaneously in NYC and Mexico this week. Still, the Internet has been buzzing with guesses as to who the tipper may be. James Saxelby, former VP of PayPal, is currently topping the list, not least because A) he’s rich and B) owns homes in many of the cities where the tips were left. Before you take your own crack at finding out TipsForJesus’ identity, take a look at the clues we have so far: a timeline of receipts spanning four months and even more cities.
September 8, 2013: The first Instagrammed tip ($3,000) at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor, MI.
October 10, 2013: TipsForJesus drops a $500 tip at Jumbo’s Clown Room on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
October 18th, 2013: A waitress gets tipped $2100 at Detention Night Club in Chicago.
November 30th, 2013: A solid $5,000 gets dropped at Moon Dogs, Too in Port Orchard, WA.
December 3rd, 2013: The wait staff at Phoenix’s Crudo wins big with a $2,500 tip.
December 5th, 2013: Just four days ago, The Smith in NYC gets an early Christmas gift: 3,500 bucks.
December 7th, 2013: On Saturday, Bo’s Kitchen gets a $1,000 tip. If only that signature were legible….
December 7, 2013: The NoMad gets blessed with a $7,000 tip on a bill that was actually pretty high already—TipsForJesus was balling out.