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(Some Guy)   One man's dying wish: Leave a $500 tip on an f***ing pizza. Well, his family did just that and they have video   (aaroncollins.org) divider line 72
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2012-07-12 09:00:24 AM
This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.
 
2012-07-12 10:58:06 AM

Pocket Ninja: This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


I don't know. I admit, a video in such circumstances could be good if it didn't focus on the people doing the giving, and instead on the reaction of the pizza guy. One of those nice circumstances where humor can come from something *good* happening to a person.
 
2012-07-12 11:00:16 AM
Oh, him.
letolova45.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-12 11:01:01 AM
I know what she prob would have done for $500 if there were no cameras.
 
2012-07-12 11:01:36 AM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


Except that they've already gotten enough in donations to do it again according to the last note on the page. So putting it on video seems to have been a good choice for continuing to honor their dead family member's last wish.
 
2012-07-12 11:03:42 AM
We have already received over $500 more, so we will be doing this again soon. Hopefully we can continue changing the lives of random waiters and waitresses for years.

That might be a little extreme, but still, a cool video.
 
2012-07-12 11:03:47 AM
i'd buy a $500 gold bar and throw it at the next guy that wants to tip me $500
 
2012-07-12 11:04:06 AM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


Dude, they just rolled some shiatty video giving money away no need a Roger Ebert review.
 
2012-07-12 11:04:21 AM
Great Idea
Thanks for Sharing!
 
2012-07-12 11:05:49 AM
Nice. Very glad to see the waitress ask about Aaron. That should warrant a $100 bonus.
 
2012-07-12 11:06:12 AM
Mr. Pink unavailable for comment
 
2012-07-12 11:07:39 AM
Gap teeth in ya mouth so my dick's gots to fit.
 
2012-07-12 11:08:28 AM
RIP Aaron
 
2012-07-12 11:08:47 AM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.



ampersandartful.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-12 11:08:54 AM
Would have been better if they had just left the 500 on the tab plate and filmed it with a hidden camera.
 
2012-07-12 11:12:32 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: i'd buy a $500 gold bar and throw it at the next guy that wants to tip me $500


Which would be farking hilarious considering how small a $500 gold bar is.
 
2012-07-12 11:12:58 AM
It's illegal to write on (deface) U.S. currency. I hope he's arrested.
 
2012-07-12 11:13:07 AM
"an f**king"?
 
2012-07-12 11:13:14 AM

sotua: Would have been better if they had just left the 500 on the tab plate and filmed it with a hidden camera.


I agree that video was tacky and seemed in bad taste
 
2012-07-12 11:13:56 AM
Looks like the Make An Wish Foundation came through again.
 
2012-07-12 11:16:38 AM

KangTheMad: Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


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Really, KangTheMad? Please explain how his post is anything close to butthurt? If you were trying to be funny you failed miserably.
 
2012-07-12 11:17:06 AM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


If only the Kardashians were reading this thread.
 
2012-07-12 11:17:40 AM
I gotta check this with my accountant of course, but my concern is that, you know, it could bump me into a higher tax bracket......
 
2012-07-12 11:18:36 AM
She had me at "I'll give some to the kitchen."
 
2012-07-12 11:21:00 AM

Silly Jesus: It's illegal to write on (deface) U.S. currency. I hope he's arrested.


The US Treasury Department disagrees with you.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

"Defacement of Currency

Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. The United States Secret Service web address is www.secretservice.gov."

Emphasis mine.

Writing on a bill alone is not illegal. If it was, they would have shut down that whole Where's George website a long time ago for encouraging it. It gets illegal when you are defacing it to the degree where it's not fit for circulation as currency.
 
2012-07-12 11:22:45 AM
I don't think she knew she was on video. If she did, she would have looked into the camera.

The real atrocity is that guy was wearing a hat in a restaurant.
 
2012-07-12 11:23:16 AM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: "an f**king"?


yeah, really???
 
2012-07-12 11:24:56 AM
It seems like it's poor taste however I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. They are taking donations and I'm sure whomever has contributed would like some benefit of a picture of something. And they're doing it in memory of someone that obviously died too young, it's not like it's a film student exercise or something. In this case I'll go with "It's the thought that counts".
 
2012-07-12 11:29:25 AM

Silverstaff: Silly Jesus: It's illegal to write on (deface) U.S. currency. I hope he's arrested.

The US Treasury Department disagrees with you.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

"Defacement of Currency

Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. The United States Secret Service web address is www.secretservice.gov."

Emphasis mine.

Writing on a bill alone is not illegal. If it was, they would have shut down that whole Where's George website a long time ago for encouraging it. It gets illegal when you are defacing it to the degree where it's not fit for circulation as currency.


1. I was sort of being facetious...I didn't anticipate someone looking up the damn statute. Bravo...I guess?
2. Try putting a bill with magic marker all over it into a vending machine. There are quite a few automated functions involving bills nowadays that are screwed up if someone writes all over the thing. And banks do take these bills out of circulation when they come across them.
3. I can't imagine something like what this guy is doing being prosecuted, but I still believe that it would fit as a crime due to it limiting the uses of the bill (vending machines / probably those little scanners that blind people use, etc.)
 
2012-07-12 11:31:04 AM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: "an f**king"?


This is what I came in this thread for. Thanks. I'm surprised it took so long.
 
2012-07-12 11:31:57 AM

FDR Jones: I gotta check this with my accountant of course, but my concern is that, you know, it could bump me into a higher tax bracket......


If you're not joking, Morbo would like a word with you...

I didn't see the video, did they blur her face? Because if not, she has to report that tip on her taxes. Which is similar to your concern, but different.
 
2012-07-12 11:34:11 AM

98RKC: Smelly Pirate Hooker: "an f**king"?

yeah, really???


Interestingly, I'd be OK with that if it were "an f***ing pizza", because then I could mentally pronounce it as "an effing pizza". But as written, I have no choice but to hear it as the glaringly wrong "an f'king pizza".
 
2012-07-12 11:37:07 AM

katerbug72: Smelly Pirate Hooker: "an f**king"?

This is what I came in this thread forfour. Thanks. I'm surprised it took so long.


FTFY
 
2012-07-12 11:38:17 AM
He wrote the website on every bill, LOL.
Maximum AWing!!
 
2012-07-12 11:44:30 AM
on a side note, that puccinis is quite good. i live a couple streets from there and they serves some tasty tasty pizza. its a smallish chain, in a few cities in kentucky and indiana, but its growing.

the video was less than moving, but the sentiment was great. good on the family for at least documenting it. its gone pretty viral around here so im sure they are gonna get enough donations for a few more trips to places.
 
2012-07-12 11:59:51 AM

Silly Jesus: 1. I was sort of being facetious...I didn't anticipate someone looking up the damn statute. Bravo...I guess?
2. Try putting a bill with magic marker all over it into a vending machine. There are quite a few automated functions involving bills nowadays that are screwed up if someone writes all over the thing. And banks do take these bills out of circulation when they come across them.
3. I can't imagine something like what this guy is doing being prosecuted, but I still believe that it would fit as a crime due to it limiting the uses of the bill (vending machines / probably those little scanners that blind people use, etc.)


It's Fark, it's hard to sense sarcasm and facetious statements here. Lots of trolls throws off the gauges.

I think it would be extremely hard to get a conviction, because it will be very hard to prove intent to make the currency unfit for circulation. Intent counts in that law, it's not a strict liability statute. We have the video of the act, it's pretty clear it's not being done to ruin it as circulating money as he intends for the bills to circulate with the information on it.

As for the video itself, I recognize the place. It's the Puccinis in the Chevy Chase part of Lexington. Eaten there a couple of times. It's a decent pizza place, but far from the best in town. They could have driven 5 minutes and eaten at Mellow Mushroom or Joe Bologna's and gotten better.
 
2012-07-12 12:04:07 PM
Thank god it was not delivery. I farking hate feeling like I have to tip even if the pizza does show up late, not right, etc.

As for the video, not tacky at all. Pay it forward when you can and when deserved. Wonder if she was a total biatch for service if they still would have went through with the tip?
 
2012-07-12 12:06:35 PM

Silverstaff: It's Fark, it's hard to sense sarcasm and facetious statements here. Lots of trolls throws off the gauges.

Sorry.

I think it would be extremely hard to get a conviction, because it will be very hard to prove intent to make the currency unfit for circulation. Intent counts in that law, it's not a strict liability statute. We have the video of the act, it's pretty clear it's not being done to ruin it as circulating money as he intends for the bills to circulate with the information on it.

This seems to be more appropriate anyway...


Whoever designs, engraves, prints, makes, or executes, or utters, issues, distributes, circulates, or uses any business or professional card, notice, placard, circular, handbill, or advertisement in the likeness or similitude of any obligation or security of the United States issued under or authorized by any Act of Congress or writes, prints, or otherwise impresses upon or attaches to any such instrument, obligation, or security, or any coin of the United States, any business or professional card, notice, or advertisement, or any notice or advertisement whatever, shall be fined under this title. Nothing in this section applies to evidence of postage payment approved by the United States Postal Service.

I think it would be considered advertising. But, again, I don't think anyone would waste time with enforcing it.

This is undoubtedly why you don't see major companies advertising on currency though. If the only standard was truly "intent to render useless" then Coke and Burger King etc. would have their logo all over the borders of the bills by now. McDonald's would just have the fry guy sitting next to the cash register with a stamp.

 
2012-07-12 12:13:16 PM
Well-intentioned giveaway, and well-intentioned video, but I agree that it should have been a "private memory of those involved" thing. I know that newscasters seem to feel that "if there's no video, it's not news," but I wish the $500 giveaway folks would have just left the money on the tip plate and walked away, and not announced it to the world...
 
2012-07-12 12:16:16 PM

kenny's mom: Well-intentioned giveaway, and well-intentioned video, but I agree that it should have been a "private memory of those involved" thing. I know that newscasters seem to feel that "if there's no video, it's not news," but I wish the $500 giveaway folks would have just left the money on the tip plate and walked away, and not announced it to the world...


I think that part of the point is to gather more donations for future giveaways...
 
2012-07-12 12:16:25 PM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


You're usually funnier. I think I misread, maybe.
 
2012-07-12 12:18:36 PM
That video mostly just made me really hungry for pizza.
 
2012-07-12 12:19:09 PM

styckx: Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.

Dude, they just rolled some shiatty video giving money away no need a Roger Ebert review.


I know, as I read Pocket Ninjas' critique, I kept wondering how long he would keep jawing about that video.
 
2012-07-12 12:30:47 PM

Silverstaff:
As for the video itself, I recognize the place. It's the Puccinis in the Chevy Chase part of Lexington. Eaten there a couple of times. It's a decent pizza place, but far from the best in town. They could have driven 5 minutes and eaten at Mellow Mushroom or Joe Bologna's and gotten better.


im not sure id go so far as to say they are better, but certainly different. i know some cooks at both mellow and joe b's and when theyre on shift the pizza is good, but not always. for me, puccinis is good because no one else serves those toppings. but puccinis non-pizza dishes are quite meh.
 
2012-07-12 12:31:10 PM

katerbug72: Smelly Pirate Hooker: "an f**king"?

This is what I came in this thread for. Thanks. I'm surprised it took so long.


Would it make you happier if subby spelled it "effing" instead?
 
2012-07-12 12:35:05 PM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


And we're done here.
 
2012-07-12 01:01:45 PM
Wow..trolls and crankypants people in this thread.

I thought it was touching - a little crass to film it, but when trying to generate more funds to share, I'd allow it. Clearly, Aaron wanted to something nice after he died and he did.

/I think PocketNinja trolled us all, BTW
 
2012-07-12 01:02:46 PM
If putting that video out on the internet helps the family grieve and get an ounce of closure, who the hell cares.

If I died, and this was my last wish, and somehow knew that I could continue giving people an awesome tip that could of very well paid their rent, fixed their car, or bought food for the month, I would be happy with that.
Even if it meant getting snarky criticism from people on Fark.com.
 
2012-07-12 01:03:33 PM

Pocket Ninja: This would have possibly been a very nice and meaningful gesture if it had been something quietly and privately done, a touching meeting between strangers shared by them and held as a memory by those involved.

By producing it as a video, it turns into something gharish and self-serving, a bit of condescension in which people who otherwise cannot afford this sort of behavior select another person at random to serve as the foil by which they can seem like rich benefactors.

This would have been a much better story to read about than to have actually witnessed, in other words. Remember: not everything is better on video.


I would agree. The part that bothers me, though, is that the guy's dying wish is "that my surviving family figure out a way to come up with $500 to tip some pizza server." $500 isn't a lot these days; you'd think the guy could have at least set aside the money himself.

If that M.O. holds, then I'll spend all my savings myself and my dying wish will be that my kids can go to the Internet to ask for money.
 
2012-07-12 01:07:32 PM

Silly Jesus: It's illegal to write on (deface) U.S. currency. I hope he's arrested.


No it's not. Only if you try and change the value of the note. So if you tried to change a 5 into a 50.

Otherwise, write on, cut up do what you will. You're fine.
 
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