Former PayPal Vice President Jack Selby has been outed as the mysterious and generous person behind the “Tips for Jesus” Instagram account that has been handsomely rewarding restaurant servers across the country.
The Tips for Jesus Instagram account has nearly 50,000 followers and posted its first huge tip Sept. 8 with a $3,000 tip on an $87.98 bill at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor, Mich. The credit card receipt was signed “@tipsforjesus.” The Instagram account says Tips for Jesus is “doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
The latest tip was posted Saturday from New York City restaurant Bo’s Kitchen, where Selby gave a $1,000 tip on a $411.05 bill.
Selby was identified as the man behind Tips for Jesus by Aruj Dhawan, a server at Bo’s.
“A stranger comes in and drops a thousand dollars. ... I was just really thankful,” Dhawan told the New York Post.
Dhawan said Selby was dining with a man and a woman. After the meal was finished, the server said he received a hint about his good fortune.
“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.”
Before dropping a $1,000 tip at Bo’s, Tips for Jesus struck at NoMad in NYC, where a $7,000 tip was made on a $2,994.61 bill.
The tipping spree raised the eyebrows of Bo’s manager Benjamin Cramer, who was curious why someone would tip so generously.
“I said, ‘Why tip so much?’ He said, ‘Just because.’ I was told, ‘We tip a hundred times the bill.’ ”
Selby, the former vice president of PayPal, made most of his fortune when the online payment platform was sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.