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'Tips for Jesus' spreading across the country

Finding a $10,000 tip at the end of your shift never hurts.

Just ask the 18 workers who have received thousands of dollars in tips as part of a new donation campaign called “Tips for Jesus,” where a donor left tips for workers, marking receipts with a “Tips for Jesus” signature, according to The Huffington Post.

Initially shrowded in mystery, the "Tips for Jesus" donor has been revealed as Jack Selby, a former vice president of PayPal, according to Gawker. Though Selby hasn't admitted it publicly, his friends "seem to be in on the secret benevolence," Gawker said. After posting an article about "Tips for Jesus" on his timeline, Selby's Facebook friend Anne Woolway responded with "Do we win if we know whom is behind tipsforjesus?" and his friend Rob Hughes said, "the mystery tipper strikes again," according to The Daily Mail.

The "Tips for Jesus" campaign is primarily seen through Instagram, where the “Tips for Jesus” account shows waiters and waitresses alike with their tips left by the mysterious donor (or possibly donors), The Huffington Post reported.

Commentators told The Huffington Post that many believe this campaign was started to follow in the belief that Jesus gave to the poor.

“Restaurant servers have been demanding jobs, often working long hours with low pay and little reward. They often depend on their tips in order to survive,” wrote Yasmine Hafiz for The Huffington Post. “But 'Tips For Jesus' is on a mission to show the world what Christian generosity is supposed to look like.”

These tips aren’t limited to one state, either. Selby, if he is indeed the donor, has found his way to California, Utah and Illinois, among other states, according to India Today, which also published photos from the main Instagram account, showing citizens receiving $5,000 and $10,000 tips.

This comes off the heels of a controversy involving tipping and a pastor. According to Heavy, a culture and news website, Pastor Alois Bell's restaurant receipt went viral after she was falsely accused of not tipping a waitress because of religious reasons.

But not everyone is happy with Selby's movement, as “banks are facing a problem in clearing such amounts as they have to ascertain there is no fraud involved,” according to India Today.

Buzzfeed said the anonymous founder of “Tips for Jesus” — now believed to be Selby — started donating a month ago. And since that time, American Express still hasn’t determined if the first tip left at the Notre Dame Legends Bar was real or not.

So far, the Instagram account shows Selby has left more than $54,000 in tips, according to CNews.

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