WAUWATOSA (WITI) - A Wauwatosa waitress, who is a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student, got a $500 tip from a man traveling the country.
Just as Marleigh Fiedler was thinking it would be a slow afternoon at Balistreri's, she was about to land her biggest tip ever.
"I had no idea, I was so caught off guard," Fiedler said.
Meet Seth Collins from Lexington, Ky., who travels the country and eats at local restaurants. No chains or high-end places. And surprises the waiter or waitress with a $500 tip.
"That money didn't just come from Kentucky, it didn't just come from my city, it came from all over the world," Collins said.
It's Aaron's Last Wish - Aaron is Collins' younger brother, who died mysteriously last year.
"Losing a brother at a young age is really hard. This is been a huge part of my grieving process and my healing process," Collins said.
"Aaron was always generous."
In Aaron Collins' will, he requested his family go out to dinner and leave a $500 dollar tip for the staff. Seth raised money online, well over the $500 goal.
It inspired Seth to do something bigger than he originally intended.
"Because of that, I've been doing it once a week ever since then."
He's keeping his brother's promise, but now, he's hitting all 50 states, leaving a big tip to an unexpecting service industry member.
"I was speechless and I was really taken back and really just appreciative," Fiedler said.
"I get to do this for hundreds of waiters and waitresses and impact thousands or millions of lives," Collins said.
The waitress says she's spending the $500 on books for college. Collins is documenting all of these experiences with a national crew following his journey. He'll be leaving a $500 tip to someone in Saint Paul, Minn. on Friday.
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