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Homeroad warriorAnonymous Santa picks up others' hotel tabs for a night

Anonymous Santa picks up others’ hotel tabs for a night

Where does Santa go after Christmas?

Maybe to the Hilton Garden Inn in the Northern California town of Redding, where an unidentified person paid the bills of everyone who was a guest Sunday.

Rates for a regular room at the inn range from $109 to $119, and about 50 of its 93 guest rooms were occupied Sunday, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

"He wanted to make it anonymous," front-desk supervisor Tony Ross told CNBC on Thursday.

Though Ross said he could not provide further details, he confirmed that the story in the local paper was accurate.

(Read more: 'Layaway Santas' to the rescue!)

The hotel Santa is the latest of a number of do-gooders whose anonymous actions have come to light.

Using the Instagram handle @tipsforjesus, an anonymous person has left more than $80,000 in supersize restaurant tips—$2,000 to $3,000 a pop. In October, Starbucks launched a "pay it forward" program, urging customers to buy a coffee for another patron. And a rash of "Layaway Santas" paid off other people's Christmas gifts.

Even Beyoncé (not so anonymously) paid $50 off the bills of 750 shoppers at a Walmart in Tewksbury, Mass., just before Christmas.


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