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Holiday season brings local good deeds

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By: Chelsea Priest, cpriest@abc6.com

Dolly Fischer got a very big surprise after waiting on a table at the Brick Alley Pub on Saturday, a $500 tip! She says, "My first thought was I wish this wasn't me right now because I really don't deserve this, really I feel humbled and the fact that a person I've never met before and never would have met has touched my life in such a way, it really makes me feel grateful."

Seth Collins is responsible for the extra large tip left for Dolly. It was a wish his brother made before he passed away, leave "awesome" tips for waiters and waitresses. Brick Alley Pub was his 85th stop. He says, "I like the idea that it inspires people to do good things and be generous." With the $500, Dolly continued the selfless act by splitting the tip with her fellow waitstaff.

And it's not just big tippers we are hearing about during this holiday season, "lay-a-way angels" are also spreading the holiday spirit.

Arnold Bromberg, Benny's spokesperson says, "People come in and they'll either say, I'd like to pay off someone's lay-a-way with a lot of toys or bikes or some people come in with an amount of money and just say, see how many lay-a-ways this will pay off."

The lay-a-way angels started showing up only a few years ago. Once a persons lay-a-way is paid off, Benny's calls the customer to tell them the news. Bromberg says, "Some people you know, get really emotional about it and some people in turn have paid off other lay-a-ways."

These selfless acts are showing up in other big name stores as well, like Walmart, KMart, and Toys R'Us.

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