Man leaves server $500 tip to fulfill his brother's dying wish

EL MIRAGE, AZ - A server in El Mirage got a big surprise Thursday -- and it was the last thing he was expecting.

Turns out he helped fulfill one man's dying wish that is now spreading good fortune across the country.

Thursday was just another day on the job for Omar Ramirez at Rio Mirage Cafe. He's been waiting tables there for six years, and he always does it with a smile..

Ramirez waited on a table of two people who were actually in a rush to get the check. And it wasn't because they were in a hurry.

Seth Collins of Lexington, Kentucky came to this restaurant for a reason -- to leave a waiter $500 in cash in addition to his tip.

It was the last thing Ramirez was expecting.

"I'm so surprised, I can't believe it!" he said, giving Collins a hug.

Servers and customers clapped as they started to realize what was happening.

"I cannot say this enough. Thank you, thank God for everything," he said.

Omar Ramirez is the 76th person across the country to get a tip for $500 from Collins.

It all started when Seth's brother Aaron died and asked for one thing in his will -- to leave a waiter a very large tip.

"And he said, 'I'm not talking about 25 percent, I mean $500,'" Collins said.

Collins recorded that simple act of kindness for his family and friends and posted it online. From there, it went viral.

People started giving, and soon thousands of dollars piled up.

So Collins decided to keep giving.

"I think it inspires people to be generous as well. Whether they need the money, they find some way to kind of pay it forward to someone else," he said.

Ramirez says that money will go a long way his family. He and his wife have three young children.

"I was waiting for it to be Friday, because Friday's pay day. But today is pay day for me!"

Collins says these kinds of reactions inspire him to keep giving.

"It all started with what was going to be one tip, impacting one person. But when you do something kind like that, you really never know how far it's going to spread, and how many people it's going to impact in a positive way," he said.

You can read more about this project and watch several videos of the surprises by visiting the Aaron's Last Wish website .

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