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An airport piano player earned $60,000 in tips after a stranger shared videos of him on Instagram
by Alaa Elassar, CNN
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11 August 2021
On 11 August 2021 CNN reported:
When Tonee 'Valentine' Carter sits in front of a piano, his fingers take on a life of their own ... Carter, 66, isn't famous, but he does perform for an international audience nearly every day at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Travelers lucky enough to hear him often find themselves hypnotized by his music. That's what happened to Carlos Whittaker, a motivational speaker who was traveling home to Tennessee ... had to reroute to Atlanta. ... Eventually, the two men began talking ... When Carter returned to his piano, Whittaker came up with an idea.
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'Suddenly I was like, what would happen if I asked my Instagram followers if we could give him the biggest tip he's ever gotten,' he said. 'Within 30 minutes, we had raised $10,000.'
... 'By the time I landed in Nashville, it was $20,000. And by the time I interviewed him for my podcast that night, it was $44,000. And as of this conversation, it's at $61,000,' Whittaker said on Friday evening [23 July].
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