Sunday, July 7, 2013
Sunday brings a sad memory for the family of Aaron Collins. It marks one year since the 30-year-old Kentucky man died. But the heart warming story of "Aaron's last wish" continues.
As we wrote last July, the family discovered after Aaron's death that his will asked them to "leave an awesome tip (and I don't mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f***ing pizza) for a waiter or waitress."
Aaron's brother Seth took on that challenge. Videos of the surprise and delight on servers' faces when he gave them $500 in cash went viral. Donations started to pour in to the Aaron's Last Wish website. As of this week, more than $60,000 was in the account — money donated by people from around the nation and world who want Seth to continue fulfilling his brother's wish.
Weekend Edition Sunday checked in with Seth to ask about what's happened over the past year. It's all been much more than expected.
- Aaron Collins Did That (2013)
- CNN, A Kentucky Man's Final Wish Goes Viral, Raises Thousands for 'Awesome Tip'
- Huffington Post, 'Aaron's Last Wish': Man Gives Servers $500 Tips To Honor His Late Brother
Exam Question: What are the tax consequences to the waiters/waitresses who receive the $500?
(Hat Tip: Ann Murphy.)