An anonymous diner or group of diners have been leaving generous tips at restaurants across the country and posting pictures of receipts on an Instagram account with the username ‘tipsforjesus.’
The mystery tipper has reportedly left thousands of dollars in tips at restaurants in San Francisco and Chicago. They recently left a server at The Hungry Cat in Los Angeles a $1,000 tip on a nearly $266 bill, MyFoxLA.com reported.
The Instagram account reads, “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
The Hungry Cat’s Becky Graziano told the station she thinks the anonymous tipper is someone who wants to be generous during the holidays.
“I think I was more nervous than anybody, because I pay them out at the end of the night. But it went through, so they got their money,” Graziano told the station. “It’s a mystery for sure.”
On Tuesday, a University of Notre Dame campus restaurant said two bartenders would share a $10,000 tip that was left by a group of men who signed the receipt ‘@tipsforjesus’ and posted a photo of the bartenders with their tab on Instagram.
WNDU.com reported that the university, which operates the Legends of Notre Dame restaurant, verified that the tip from Oct. 19 was valid with the help of American Express.
“I know one bartender is wanting to get a car because, right now, she has no transportation,” Legends bartender Ashley Sullivan told the station. “The other bartender has student loans. We’ve all been to college, so we all have that debt right there.”
A manager at MoonDogs Too in Port Orchard, Washington said a group of men left a $5,000 tip on Saturday, according to WNDU.com. The men reportedly provided the bartender with their names, phone numbers and places of work.
“It makes you feel good,” Sullivan said. “It makes you feel like the job you do is actually noticed by people. How hard you work.”
It is unbelievable to me that someone could walk up to a 76-year-old elderly woman and knock her in the head so hard she must go to the hospital… and all for fun. I just don’t get it. But apparently that’s exactly what happened in New York yesterday:
Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday.
The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said.
Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes that showed how the aircraft, also known as octocopters, will pick up packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy button online at Amazon.com.
The goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less, the world’s largest Internet retailer said. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take “some number of years” as Amazon develops the technology further and waits for the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules and regulations, the company added.
Bezos told 60 Minutes that the service could be up and running in as few as four years – although he noted that he is an optimist when it comes to such things.
“One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” the company said.
This is the latest futuristic effort by Bezos, who was an e-commerce pioneer in the 1990s and more recently popularized the e-reader – while pursuing personal projects such as private spaceflight and a 10,000-year clock built inside a mountain.
Drones have mostly been used by the U.S. military to shoot missiles at enemy combatants in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, the cost of these unmanned aircraft has dropped precipitously in recent years, making them more accessible to commercial users, such as companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
However, the FAA currently limits the use of drones in the U.S. to public entities such as police forces and hobbyists, meaning the devices cannot be used in return for payment. The regulator said recently that it plans to have regulations governing commercial use in place by 2015.
“The FAA would not let Amazon do this now,” said Ryan Calo, an expert on robotics, privacy and the law at the University of Washington. “But this is precisely the type of application that Congress had in mind when it told the FAA in 2012 to come up with rules for commercial unmanned aircraft.”
Amazon will be able to petition the FAA to show them how its drone delivery technology works and the company can also apply to test its drones to make sure they are air worthy,he added.
“Amazon will not be able to darken the skies of Seattle with drones. They will need a plan for safety,” Calo said. “But I see no reason why this application won’t fly.”
If drone delivery takes off, it could be a threat to FedEx and UPS, which Amazon uses for a lot of its deliveries now. Indeed, FedEx founder Fred Smith told Wired magazine in 2009 that the company wanted to switch their fleet to drones as soon as possible but that it had to wait for the FAA to regulate such activity.
“We’ll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place,” Amazon said Sunday. “Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.”
November 30, 2013 (AUBURN, Ala.) – That crazy tipped pass for a long game-winning touchdown is now the second-most stunning and improbable play of Auburn’s season.
Yes, the Tigers found a way to top “The Immaculate Deflection.” Maybe call this one Auburn’s happiest return.
Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt more than 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, upending the two-time defending national champions’ BCS hopes and preserving the Tigers’ own.
Davis caught the ball about 9 yards deep in the end zone after freshman Adam Griffith’s 57-yard attempt fell short. He then sprinted down the left sideline and cut back with nothing but teammates around him in a second straight hard-to-fathom finish for the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).
Auburn clinched a spot in the SEC championship game with the stunning victory over the powerhouse from across the state. The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) seemed at several times poised to continue its run toward the first three-peat in modern college football.
Asked if it was the biggest win of his career, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said: “It ranks right up there.” But he said he’d “probably” still celebrate just like he has since his high school coaching days: With a Waffle House meal.
The Tigers put it away just when overtime seemed their best hope.
Alabama had gotten 1 second restored and one more play after a review of T.J. Yeldon’s run to the Auburn 39.
That gave the Tide coach Nick Saban a chance to try the long field goal – and now he probably wished he never did.
The entire field looked like a sea of orange shakers as the celebration continued long after the climactic finale of one of the biggest Iron Bowls in the bitter rivalry’s 78-year history.
It lived up to the billing – and then some.
This finale even one-upped Auburn’s last-gasp win over Georgia two weeks earlier. A deflected 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis dubbed “The Immaculate Deflection” with 25 seconds left set up only the second Top-5 Iron Bowl matchup and first since 1971.
A team that went 3-9 last season and had been destroyed by Alabama 91-14 combined the past two seasons will play for an SEC title and perhaps a trip to the BCS championship game.
Undefeated Ohio State, which was third in the BCS standings this week and figures to move up to second behind Florida State, will have something to say about which teams play for the national title, too. No doubt the Buckeyes, who won their own thriller against Michigan earlier in the day, were celebrating Auburn’s win almost as much as the Tigers.
On the final play, Alabama turned to Griffith to replace Cade Foster, who had missed three field goals, with a potential clinching 44-yarder going low and getting blocked in the final minutes. Griffith was only 1 of 2 all season with a long of 20 yards.
Marshall had tied the game with a 39-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Sammie Coates with 32 seconds left after Auburn blocked a low field goal attempt. The Tigers moved 65 yards in 2 minutes all on the ground with Mason until that play.
Marshall raced toward the line with two defensive backs coming after him. Then he pulled up just in time with the ball tucked in his left hand, deftly switching it to his right and lofting the pass to Coates standing all by himself.
McCarron, a Heisman Trophy candidate, had staked Alabama to a 28-21 lead with a 99-yard pass to Amari Cooper for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Tide had a few chances to put the game away, but couldn’t convert a fourth-and-short deep in Auburn territory, had four missed field goals and a dropped potential TD in the end zone by Cooper.
McCarron might have had a Heisman moment with his pass to Cooper from the end zone, when Cooper shook off a defensive back on his way to the end zone.
The quarterback, who is 36-3 as a starter, completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
Marshall led his team with a dual-threat style that was never more evident than his final pass. He was 11-of-16 passing for 97 yards but also rushed 17 times for 99 yards.
Tre Mason ran 29 times for 164 yards and a touchdown. Auburn ran 52 times for 296 yards against a defense that came in giving up 91 yards a game on the ground.
Alabama, which outgained Auburn 495-393, countered with Yeldon’s own workhorse performance. Yeldon gained 141 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
The defenses both came up big late in the fourth.
Adrian Hubbard corralled Marshall on fourth and inches from Auburn’s 35.
But then Auburn’s defenders followed suit. Freshman Carl Lawson led the charge in stuffing T.J. Yeldon on fourth down from the 13 when Saban opted against sending Foster back out.