David Dutton

David Dutton, center, poses with Danielle (left) and Miguel (right) after Dutton and a group of friends tipped the two servers $2,200.

A group of Spring Hill residents took the holiday gift giving to another level on Wednesday when they tipped two servers at Grecian Family Restaurant $100 each, a total of $2,200. 

The act of kindness drew tears of joy from the staff, as well as those in the group. 

Local real estate investor and author David Dutton organized the lunch as a way to show his daughter that he is doing the same things he wants to teach her.

"One of the things I try to teach my daughter when she leaves every day for school is to help one person a day," he said. "If we all did that, we would change the world."

With 21 other local business owners, Dutton said the companionship of others is important to him, citing a line from the Christmas classic, 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

"There is a great line when Clarence says, 'Remember, George, no man's a failure when he has friends,'" Dutton said.

"I wanted to organize a lunch with my friends just to hang out and get to know each other more. I asked them to do one thing, and that was to bring $100."

'Tipping in the 'Boro' has become an internet sensation recently, with a couple raising money through social media tipping large amounts of money each month to servers across Murfreesboro. One video has seen 1.5 million views on TikTok alone.

Several other Middle Tennesseans are using crowdfunding and digital currency transfer services like Venmo to accept donations for the next surprise tip. 

The Spring Hill group has not indicated whether this would be an ongoing event.

Chris Yow has served as the managing editor for the Trussville (Ala.) Tribune and, most recently, the Spring Hill Advertiser News. He has worked as a sports editor and has covered high school sports in different capacities for 18 years.

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