Domino’s Employee Delivers A $12 Order And Gets A $1,248 Tip In Return

james gilpin surprised with huge tip from college students

Domino’s delivery man James Gilpin was having an ordinary day bringing people joy in the form of pizza. He got a seemingly normal order for two pizzas from the nearby college, Indiana Wesleyan University. Gilpin left with much more than he came with thanks to the amazing students, staff and faculty who had a different plan in store for him.


Every week the college students attend a chapel service, and this week CEO of Residential Education, Keith Newman, wanted to deliver a lesson with a more hands-on approach. He recently heard the saying “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone”and immediately knew it was advice he needed to share.

On this special day, Newman ordered the two pizzas from Gilpin and requested that everyone in attendance donate money or anything they had to give away for a tip. Nearly 3000 people were handed notecards when they entered the service and were asked to write an encouraging message for James, who was a complete stranger.

By the time he arrived, students and faculty members had raised $1248.86 as a tip, as well as thousands of heartfelt notes and almost $100 in gift cards. Newman called the delivery man on stage and surprised him with the generous gifts of the university.

James continually opens the notes at random and the words of encouragement and support truly inspire him. He is planning on using the huge tip for Christmas gifts for his two young children, home improvements, and car repairs. Helping one person has made all the difference and the students have learned what a community is capable of if they set their minds to one amazing goal.

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