Friday, February 1, 2013

"I Give God 10% Why Should You Get 18?," Pastor Writes To Waitress on Receipt

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An Applebee's server recently got canned from her waitressing job from posting a picture online of another servers receipt from a pastor that left quite the note on why she didn't leave a tip...

Yahoo! News reports:

An Applebee's waitress who posted a receipt with a note from a pastor complaining about the automatic gratuity added to the bill on the Internet was fired on Wednesday after the pastor complained to her manager.

Chelsea Welch, the waitress, wrote in an email to Yahoo News that the pastor (who has since been identified as Alois Bell) told Welch's manager at the St. Louis-area Applebee's that the ensuing firestorm had "ruined" her reputation.

"I give God 10%," Bell wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip and scribbling in an emphatic "0" where the additional tip would be. "Why do you get 18?" (There were more than eight people in Bell's party, triggering the auto-tip.)

Welch, who snapped a photo of the bill from a fellow server and uploaded to Reddit, defended her right to post the receipt. "I thought the note was insulting, but also comical," she told Consumerist.com. "And I thought other users would find it entertaining.”

Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church, was not amused, and she called Welch's manager to complain.

“[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,” Bell told the Smoking Gun, adding she did not expect her easily recognizable signature would be, as her friend informed her, “all over Yahoo. You went viral!”

“My heart is really broken,” Bell added. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”

A spokesman for Applebee’s said it apologized to Bell for violating her "right to privacy" and confirmed that Welch “is no longer employed by the franchise."

Welch was surprised that Applebee's fired her, "especially because there was nothing specific in the employee handbook admonishing this behavior."

"I had no intention of starting a witch hunt or hurting anyone. I just wanted to share a picture I found interesting," she said. “I come home exhausted, sore, burnt, dirty and blistered on a good day. And after all that, I can be fired for ‘embarrassing’ someone who directly insults their server on religious grounds.”

Welch also isn't buying Bell's embarrassment. “If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone," she said. “I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning."

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Look pastor lady, don't start with all that "I've brought embarrassment to my church...," well don't write down excuses on a receipt and expect people not to talk about it.

This is called stiffing a waiter on a tip, pastor or not, you didn't tip and that was wrong. The server took care of eight people at your table and you have the nerve to leave that message in place of her tip. Now I'm not sure what kind of service you received, but even when I get not-so-good service, I at least leave the minimum of ten percent.

I don't think people know, but leaving a server no tip actually results in them paying for that table. Servers in most chain restaurants have to tip out a small percentage to bartenders, depending on how many drinks people at the table order, servers tip out the hostess per table and sometimes servers tip out busboys. These perecentages add up by the end of the night and take away from servers' earnings. So getting stiffed makes it even worse because you are putting your server in the negative and then they clearly wasted time serving you for an hour or more when they could have served a tipping table.

And yes my post is biased because I too was a server for three loooong years at Ruby Tuesdays.

People have no idea what the serving business is like until you walk a day in our shoes. Then you'll start tipping correctly! SMH the nerve of this pastor lady.

And one more thing, the story says eight people were at this table.... and the bill was only 30 something dollars! What did they all order? Soup and waters!? And you couldn't dish out an extra six something for the tip!?

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