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    What's Behind Growing Trend of Mystery Tippers

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    What's behind the growing trend of mystery tippers?

    Someone’s been leaving huge anonymous tips for restaurant servers across the United States.

    Some 80 thousand dollars has been cumulatively tipped to servers and bartenders across the country, like the 3 thousand dollar tip written to an employee at The Boundary in Chicago, or the 7 thousand dollar tip left at the NoMad in New York City.

    Recently a one thousand dollar tip was added to a bill of just over 111 dollars at Bo’s Kitchen and Bar Room also located in New York.

    Some sources have claimed that the mystery tipper is Jack Selby, the former vice president of PayPal, but that has not been confirmed and it could be several people.

    Experts think it might even be part of a bigger trend in charity.

    Melissa A. Berman, president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit philanthropy service said: "We're seeing a real increase in interest in direct giving. There's a sense that if you put money into the hands of the poor, they will know exactly how best to use it to help themselves and their families.”

    Some philanthropists are reportedly fed up with how large nonprofits operate and want to make a difference directly by unexpectedly writing a huge tip for someone who served them.