Supporting America’s hourly workforce – and those looking for their next gig – is so ingrained in the DNA of Snagajob workers, a.k.a. Snaggers, that we can calculate the tip on a four-digital dinner tab split 33 ways in the time it takes most folks to unholster their smart phone. We’ve also had this phrase painted on our walls:
“Don’t forget to tip, thank and high-five America’s hourly workforce.”
We think Aaron Collins would have liked this. Collins is the Kentucky man whose final wish inspired a movement: surprise service workers with $500 tips. It started with one tip at a local pizza restaurant. That single act of generosity became the story of the day — a story people could really get behind — and Aaron’s story soon exploded into mainstream media. Since then, Aaron’s friends and family have raised more than $28,000 on aaroncollins.org. That’s enough for more than 50 $500 tips.
Similarly, Snagajob has run a program called Snagajob Thanks You for the past few years. As part of that program, we celebrate and spotlight the outstanding service of hourly workers by awarding them big tips and recording it all on camera. It’s great to know that the hourly workforce now has some more passionate folks in their corner.
Because of our great respect and admiration for everything that the friends and family of Aaron Collins are doing to keep his final wish going well past however long they might have imagined it would, we’d like to do a few things to honor Aaron’s memory:
- We’re sending you $500. Add it to your already impressive pool. And make one worker’s day.
- We’re dedicating the Snagajob Thanks You initiative to Aaron’s memory: Now, when Aaron’s family, friends or anyone who’s just plain inspired by his story records a video of a big tip, we’ll post it for Snagajob’s 35 million members and the entire community of hourly workers to check out on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll keep our eye out for these. Folks can also send them to us by placing video links in the comments section of this blog.
If you’re already an hourly worker or you’re looking for your next job, just remember: that customer you’re helping out might just be one of Aaron’s friends – and he might just have $500 burning a hole in his pocket. Say cheese.