A multi-state campaign of extreme generosity is being documented, filtered and posted before our very eyes

By Alex Heigl
Updated December 03, 2013 09:30 AM
Credit: Courtesy Tips for Jesus

It’s always nice to hear stories of unrestrained generosity. Or, in this case, see them on your Instagram feed.

Since September, someone (or possibly more than one someone) has been leaving generous tips at restaurants across the country and documenting them all on an Instagram account called TipsForJesus.

So far, the “sightings” have occurred everywhere from Ann Arbor to Chicago to L.A. The amounts left on tables have ranged from $500 to $10,000 – to date, @tipsforjesus has doled out more than $54,000 to servers across the country.

As far as his/her/their identity is concerned, @tipsforjesus seems to be a college football fan: Several of the gratuities have lined up with games (at Michigan and Notre Dame), and at least one of the receipts was adorned with USC’s slogan, “Fight On.” (Not a message traditionally associated with Jesus.)

So far, all the tips appear to be on the up-and-up: Pictures of credit card statements occasionally have dotted the account to confirm that the posted amounts have actually gone through.