'Tips for Jesus' big spender unmasked?

Reports say the generous benefactor behind the huge gratuities is a former PayPal executive.

By MSN Money Partner Dec 10, 2013 3:48PM

Image: Credit card (© Tetra Images/Tetra Images/Corbis/Corbis)By Madeline Stone, Business Insider


The New York Post is reporting that "Tips for Jesus," the mysterious person leaving thousands of dollars in tips at restaurants across the country, is Jack Selby, a venture capitalist and former vice president at PayPal.


According to The Post, Aruj Dhawan, a waiter at Bo's Kitchen, confirmed that Selby and another man and woman had visited the restaurant in New York's Chelsea neighborhood late on Saturday night and left a $1,000 tip on a $111 bill.


"As I was about to drop the check off, one of the men said they would 'make my night.' They called me over, gave me the check -- I was amazed," Dhawan told the Post. "They took a picture (with me) and literally, just like that, they walked out."


The mysterious tipper has previously taken credit for tips worth thousands of dollars at restaurants in Los Angeles; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and South Bend, Ind.


Sam Biddle of Valleywag reported last week that Selby was responsible for the extravagantly generous tips, though he didn't cite any specific sources.


It would make sense if it turns out Selby is behind the project. As one of the original PayPal executives, he's known to have made a good deal of money when the online payment company was sold to eBay in 2002. Selby hasn't officially revealed himself, though in November he took to Facebook to share a South Bend Tribune article about the "Tips for Jesus" Instagram account. 


It is still unclear whether there are more people involved, though it seems likely, given the variety of locations where the tips have appeared.


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397Comments
Dec 10, 2013 5:47PM
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Do your homework. The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. It says "for the love of money is the root of all evil". Big distinction. Just like Adam and Eve eating the Apple. Nope. Bible simply say the "forbidden fruit" Who decided it was an apple?

Allow people to do good things. Don't judge.

Dec 10, 2013 5:48PM
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He's doing something good. Shut Up!!!
Dec 10, 2013 5:53PM
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who care where the guy earned his money. it is his choice to share it with anyone sees in need. with the economy like it is, i wish there were more people like him in the U.S,.

 

Thank you Arju for making some peoples day brighter.  You are a true blessing.

 

Dec 10, 2013 5:46PM
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Matt, No where in the bible does it say that Money is the root of all evil. It says The love of money is the root of all evil.  If your going to quote the Bible, please do some research first. You might  be amazed at what you find in the Bible.

 

Dec 10, 2013 6:04PM
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This is a random act of kindness to dozens of folks (restaurant servers) who make a moderate income. This probably allowed/afforded these folks to be able to have a very nice holiday/Christmas season. Why sully it. Why research who did it. The media and general public should just leave it alone, accept a very nice thing that was done, regardless of motive. Get on with it and be happy for those who were/are on the receiving end of this generosity of spirit.
Dec 10, 2013 5:43PM
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I have used Paypal with no issues and a convenient way to buy on eBay etc....

Max H--- as far as your humbug state of mind I doubt your dribble will hurt anyone's true spirit of giving nor their Christian faith.

Why not see a bright spot in an otherwise bleak outlook you seem to have.
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It is a wonderful story of blessing other people and giving.  It does not matter who did it  or what religious belief.  It is a kind and loving act.  Great example of the human spirit.
Dec 10, 2013 5:43PM
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Funny Max, because you aren't all that well informed or bright.  That's not what the Bible says at all about money.  So somebody decides to be charitable around the holidays, and you see it as a chance to ridicule people of a given religion.  Sad that you are such a petty, hateful little troll.
Dec 10, 2013 5:39PM
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Who said anything about worshipping his money?  Little off base there Max, don't you think?  Wow. 
Dec 10, 2013 5:53PM
Dec 10, 2013 5:57PM
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For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. - Jesus
Dec 10, 2013 5:46PM
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The bible doesn't state that money is the root of all evil, it states that the love of money is the root of all evil. You don't have to cast out money in order to be a Christian and no one should ever allow money to rule them no matter what religion they believe or don't believe in. 
Dec 10, 2013 6:00PM
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Don't worry Max. Jesus still loves you.

 

Dec 10, 2013 5:49PM
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Max, better think about your comments.  You're wrong about silly Christians and the Bible.  But for the sake of discussion, if you are right, what have you got to lose?  If you're wrong, eternity in hell is what you'll have.
Dec 10, 2013 5:55PM
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why is everyone so nosey as to who gave the tip?? they should try to follow whoevers lead! it is better to give than to receive! praise jesus and let it go!
Dec 10, 2013 5:57PM
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...this is awesome...share the wealth for the good of many...
Dec 10, 2013 5:50PM
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So let me get this straight, he leaves the guy a $1000 tip and the guy shows his gratitude by revealing his name? 
Dec 10, 2013 6:05PM
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I would love a tip like that! That is so generous and what a wonderful time to be a Secret Santa Claus or not so secret now.

Dec 10, 2013 6:03PM
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If he is giving in secret...You should have left it in secret...
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