This is some awesome pay-it-forward kind of story. A man dies, but don’t worry–it actually has a really happy ending. A Kentucky man’s dying wish was to go out to pizza, and leave the waiter or waitress a crazy big tip. His family made a website to accept donations to the cause, and a couple days ago, made good on the late Aaron Collins’ last request to make someone else’s day. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a happy ending! The story was reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo News, and the video that captured the big moment was posted on the Yahoo News page as well:
“A dying man’s last wish was to make someone else’s day. After his death, the family of Aaron Collins fulfilled his wish to go have pizza and leave their server a $500 tip.
The story surfaced on the blog Fark: 30-year-old Collins, a computer technician who died July 7, had no money to make his wish come true. So his family raised the cash through a website after just a few days and then made good on his request. At Puccini’s restaurant in Lexington, Ky., the family lunched on pizza, and then presented one very lucky waitress with $500.
The video captures the moment. As the cash is handed over, the waitress keeps asking, “Are you serious?” She then promises to share her good fortune with other restaurant staff, and says, “You know, I’m going to be telling this story for the rest of my life.”
What a great story. Not only is it touching that this man’s last wish was to change a complete stranger’s life for the better, but the way the website turned out and with all the generous donations rolling in, he really is leaving behind the most incredible legacy. I’m going to have my eyes open for more coverage of the family’s next generous-tipping.