Local workers get $7,000 from 'Tips for Jesus' customers

A waitress and bartender in Rittenhouse Square got $7,000 in tips from two mysterious customers a part of the 'Tips for Jesus' movement.
May 10, 2014 4:58:32 AM PDT
A waitress and bartender in Rittenhouse Square got $7,000 in tips from two mysterious customers a part of the 'Tips for Jesus' movement.

Samantha Trasatti's smile is a little wider and her wallet is little fatter after getting a $2,000 tip on Thursday night.

"They said they travel the country and do this in the name of Jesus, that this is something they do and they are just spreading goodwill and we are so lucky they came to Rouge," said Trasatti.

The mysterious men are apparently behind the movement 'Tips for Jesus.'

Who began it and who is now involved is unclear but reports indicate a former executive at paypal, Jack Selby, began the generosity.

Trasatti's co-worker at Rouge in Rittenhouse was actually tipped first by the two men. She received $5,000.

"The waitress was getting peppered with some odd questions from the two gentlemen, asking, 'What would happen if you got something special? Is there anything you need?" said Robert Wasserman, owner of Rouge.

"She looked like she was close to tears," said Trasatti.

After briefly leaving the two men returned and this time sat at the bar. Trasatti said she initially tried to play dumb.

"Obviously I knew but I pretended that I didn't and they ended up leaving me $2,000, which was amazing and so generous," she said.

Trasatti's co-worker will use the money to finish her education. Trasatti just started a personal training business and she will use her generous tip to help build her brand.

"I told them last night, 'Thank you so much!' And thanks for putting rouge on the map of their journey," said Trasatti.

"Just two good people and I'm just happy for them," said Wasserman.


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