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Local Server Gets $500 Tip From KY Man

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Aug 3, 2013

Omaha, NE -- A man is traveling the country in an effort to make someone's day a little brighter.

It's a tip that might take some servers more than a week to make, but for a lucky few, it's just one table that can make a difference.

Seth Collins is on a road trip across the country granting his brother's final wish.

Collins' brother, Aaron, died in July 2012. In his will, he asked that his family give a server a $500 tip.

So they did just that. Collins said the response they got was amazing, and people all over the world started donating to the cause.

Collins is determined to hit all 50 states and surprise a server at a restaurant in each city.

"It doesn't just impact the waiter or waitress," he said. "It's going to impact her friends and family and the people on the patio."

Collins hit the road. On Saturday, he was in Omaha, which was his 11th stop.

"There may be hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of people who watch, and they get joy out of it," he said. "You never know when you do something nice how many people are going to be affected."

On Saturday, Collins went to Upstream Brewing Company in Old Market.

Sara Petersen was his server.

After the meal, he gave her $500 cash. She cried instantly.

"(It was) good," said Petersen. "(It was) overwhelming. I was definitely surprised. (It's) probably the nicest thing that's happened to me while waiting tables or bartending."

Petersen said she plans to use the money to buy books for her fall semester at UNO.

Collins said they have raised enough money to give 120 tips. Omaha was 61st tip he has given.