This is indeed an amazing viral story which I found it on CNN and I posted it also here. Aaron Collins was about 20-year-old when, according to his family, something made him write down 3 things he wanted when he passed away: to pay back his parents any debt he may have owed, to offer a homeless person some bucks and to leave “an generous tip” for a waiter or waitress (scroll down for photo and video).
“I’m not talking about 25%. I mean $500 for a … pizza,” Collins wrote in his testament, according to his brother.
Collins died on July 7, 2012 only 3 weeks after his 30th anniversay in a medical center from Lexington, Kentucky, leaving in sorrow his family and friends who decided to accomplish his final desire – to donate a big tip.
Family and friends fulfilled Aaron’s request, tipping one waitress in Lexington the $500, a moment that Aaron’s brother, Seth Collins, captured on video and uploaded on Youtube last Wednesday. The footage is connected to the family’s memorial website, AaronCollins.org.
Either simple gesture of big generosity,,,but it is obvioous that the situation triggered people’s imagination of copuntless people who started viewing the Youtube video. Within just three days (By Saturday), there were more than 1.3 million views and nearly $30,000 in donations for the family to continue what it has become known as “Aaron’s Last Wish,” Seth Collins told CNN.
The 3-minute video shows the family fulfilling Aaron Collins’ last wish at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, a pizzeria in Lexington.
“Well, this is where it’s happening,” Seth Collins says, narrating the trip to 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.
The video picks up at the end of the meal, with the brother telling the waitress: “My brother passed away late last week. He asked that we go have pizza, and leave the waiter or waitress a $500 tip.”
A visibly shocked Ward said: “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.
Authorities start an investigation into Collins’ death and preliminary reports lead to self-killing by strangulation. Anyway the final autopsy outcome has not been released yet. Aaron’s family were somehown puzzled at hearing the findings, claiming there was no indication he would commit suicide, according to his brother.
The Youtube video posted by Aaron Collins family had a stunning impact across the world. Family received messages from folks in the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil and Russia. Many suggested Aaron’s website be moved to a more performant hosting server in order to handle the traffic boost.
“People have just been overwhelmingly generous and kind.” “If we can keep doing it, I’d like to keep giving these tips, and keep filming them so other people can see the happiness it’s bringing to someone.”
All the donations are going to the waiters and waitresses, the brother said.
“He left us a will full of his personality,” Seth Collins wrote on a memorial page.
“Aaron was generous in life, and that’s probably why he didn’t have the money to do this himself. He just accepted that if someone needed help, he would help them.”
However he managed to do it this way.
Video: Aaron Collins last wish: Family and friends give 500 dollar tip to pizza waitress Sarah Ward at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, a pizzeria in Lexington