Lexy, Nashville’s $1,000 tipper, goes viral after TikTok video

Lexy, Nashville's $1,000 tipper, goes viral after TikTok video

Her TikTok movies could make you cry — bubbly Lexy Burke has been shocking and overwhelming restaurant servers, honky-tonk bands and barbers throughout Nashville with $1,000 money ideas since Might.

“I get so nervous earlier than each one since you simply know you’re going to shock somebody,” Burke, 26, informed the Tennessean.

Certainly, many recipients begin crying or squealing or dancing earlier than giving Burke a large hug, all of which is captured on video by Burke’s singer/songwriter husband, Austin.

Lexy Burke’s TikTok followers — almost a million of them — lap up the movies and pour tens of hundreds of {dollars} into Burke’s Venmo account to fund her mega-tips.

The Burkes’ model of the “Venmo problem” — the place social media followers are requested to donate as little as 50 cents to a do-gooder to make a stranger’s day — lately went into hyper-drive after one in every of Lexy Burke’s movies went viral earlier this month.

On Aug. 8, the Burkes ran right into a younger man taking part in violin outdoors Nashville West Goal with a tip jar and signal that learn, “Want to assist my mother with lease — God bless.” Her videotaped $1,000 reward to him received greater than 10 million views. Extra than $45,000 flooded into Burke’s Venmo account within the subsequent two days.

On the similar time, Burke’s TikTok followers greater than doubled from about 400,000 to almost a million.

Now, it is the Burkes who’re overwhelmed with all the donations they should give away. The couple mentioned they most likely will begin giving $2,000 or $2,500 ideas, and it is the form of drawback they love having.

Lexy and Austin Burke each have had server jobs in Nashville, and he or she herself received a $1,000 tip in 2017 when she was working at Honky Tonk Central on Decrease Broadway.

“It was actually the best factor ever,” Lexy Burke mentioned. “I used to be simply shook. I saved questioning why. ‘Are you certain?’ It’s a pile of feelings.”

So Lexy Burke needed to copy that feeling for others.

For recipients, it is about greater than the cash, mentioned Noshville deli server Toni Hayes, who received $1,000 from the Burkes on Aug. 2.

“It is nice to know there’s actually good individuals out on this planet. All the things, all of the chaos and anger, went away for a minute,” mentioned Hayes, 36, who instantly gave $20 to every of her fellow employees within the restaurant. “It actually simply gave me a way of hope.”

For the Burkes, that form of pleasure is addictive.

“After giving freely cash, I am actually excited and completely satisfied,” Lexy Burke mentioned, “and actually need to do it once more.”

Attain Brad Schmitt at brad@tennessean.com or 615-259-8384 or on Twitter @bradschmitt.

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