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Waitress surprised with $500 tip

9:39 AM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - On a raw, dreary December day in Portland, things were about to get a lot brighter for one person inside Flatbread Pizza.

Waitress Emily Young, this is your lucky day.

Kentucky resident Seth Collins, 34, walked up to her after lunch and said "Today the awesome tip is for you and it's $500."

Collins is traveling across the country randomly surprising waiters and waitresses with $500 tips. He's doing it to honor a request in the will of his younger brother Aaron, who died unexpectedly last year.

"A $500 tip for a waiter or waitress, I mean who does that. That was something really unique that we wanted to do for him," Collins said.

After raising the initial $500 from friends and relatives word spread after he left the first tip. Then the money come pouring in, 50-thousand dollars.

So what is Emily Young planning with her holiday bonus?

"Going to do something fun with it but I also have to pay some bills. I know that's a boring answer but it's the truth," she said.

Collins says he has 11 more states to hit, including his next stop, New Hampshire.

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