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Spokane waiter gets a $500 tip through Aaron’s Last Wish

Wed., Aug. 28, 2013, 2:20 p.m.

A Spokane waiter got a $500 tip Tuesday night when Aaron’s Last Wish visited The Flying Goat restaurant.

Aaron’s Last Wish is a project started by the family of Aaron Collins, a Kentucky man who died in 2012. His will asked his family to leave “an awesome tip” to a waiter or waitress, and his brother, Seth Collins, has turned that directive into a nationwide project to leave a $500 tip to a server in all 50 states, according to published reports.

The recipient in Spokane was William Sherwood, who’s been a waiter at The Flying Goat since it opened three years ago, manager Beth McRae said. A group of 10 people came in and Sherwood happened to be the group’s waiter; the whole thing was a surprise, McRae said.

Sherwood wasn’t available for comment today, though – he started a weeklong vacation. “He just had a baby too, so that helps out a lot,” McRae said.

Seth Collins posted on the website that the Flying Goat is his 69th stop and the second in Washington.

He said he promised a waitress on his 46th stop, in Seattle, that if he ever made it back to Washington, he’d stop in her hometown of Spokane. “Last night, with her husband and many friends, we did just that.”

Next stop on Collins’ tour: Alaska.

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