Spreading holiday cheer: Nearly a dozen people surprise IHOP waitress with $1,200 cash tip

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Nearly a dozen people surprised a waitress at the IHOP restaurant in Paterson over the weekend with a $1,200 cash tip as an early holiday gift.

Activist and teacher Zellie Thomas says that he and a group of his friends left the tip Saturday with a waitress at the location in Paterson.

Each person brought $100 to the restaurant.

Thomas says the waitress was so shocked that she tried to return the money at first.

Thomas says he hopes the tip inspires others to do good deeds for strangers.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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