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Pastor who stiffed waitress gets waitress fired!

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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http://gawker.com/5980558/pastor-who-left-sanctimonious-tip-gets-waitress-fired-from-applebees-claims-her-reputation-was-ruined

Pastor Who Left Sanctimonious Tip Gets Waitress Fired from Applebee’s, Claims Her Reputation Was Ruined

Hell hath no fury like a pastor scorned by the Internet.

After a copy of her Applebee's receipt began circulating online yesterday, Pastor Alois Bell of the St. Louis-based Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries phoned up the restaurant and asked to have everyone involved fired.

"My heart is really broken," the 37-year-old told The Smoking Gun. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry."

Last Friday, after evening services, Bell and her congregation headed to Applebee's for dinner as they did on many nights.

But a disagreement over the establishment's auto-gratuity of 18% for parties of 8 or more would soon propel the pastor to the heights of Internet infamy.

"I give God 10% why do you get 18," Bell wrote on her credit card receipt after crossing out the tip amount she was obliged to pay.

A server working at the restaurant uploaded a scan of the receipt to Reddit, and the rest is viral history.

Though Bell was denied her request to have a brand new staff awaiting her the next time she dined at her neighborhood Applebee's, she did succeed in getting at least one person fired: The waitress who posted the receipt online.

"I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke," Chelsea Welch told Consumerist. "I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. I posted it to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining."

They did — but Bell did not.

The pastor called it a "lapse in my character and judgment" that "has been blown out of proportion." Somewhat an ironic statement coming from someone who ordered Applebee's to fire everyone who came into contact with the receipt.

For her part, Welch did what she could to avoid having Bell's identity exposed, asking Reddit to stop posting the personal information of potential culprits.

In fact, Bell still isn't sure what exactly she did wrong.

"I didn't break any specific guidelines in the company handbook - I checked," said Welch, who had no complaints about her service prior to this week. "Because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, Applebee's has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated employee than lose an angry customer. That's a policy I can't understand."

Neither will Reddit, which is no longer being kept at bay by Welch, and has already put out a call to "grab them pitchforks."

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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She shouldn't have been fired. Fuck that pastor.

prettymama72106
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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You cant go sharing peoples receipt it does have peoples personal info on there. The receipt was not hers to share. People have been getting fired left and right for doing it so she should have known not to. That being said she should not have gotten fired she should have been reprimanded in some way but not fired. Also i will add the pastor is a jerk and I dont feel bad for them
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Ms.Pink.
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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I don't agree with her being fired, but I think the gratuity was bs. For the pastors ticket to only be $34, they were all billed separately. Therefor a gratuity of 18% shouldn't have been added to individual tickets. You can't get 18% per ticket! Break the 18% up among all tickets sure, but no way they can charge 18% on all individual tickets.

Eta~ I'm not stupid, dense nor a troll. I'm a sleep deprived momma in a narcotic induced funk and not operating my brain right now. No need to keep calling me stupid, you've all had lapses in your thought process so get over yourself.
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Ms.Pink.
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM
The receipt didn't show any identifying info.

Quoting prettymama72106:

You cant go sharing peoples receipt it does have peoples personal info on there. The receipt was not hers to share. People have been getting fired left and right for doing it so she should have known not to. That being said she should not have gotten fired she should have been reprimanded in some way but not fired. Also i will add the pastor is a jerk and I dont feel bad for them
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Ms.Pink.
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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Stupidity on the part of a supposed Christian, caught being a dick, and then ges someone fired over it. Whining from someone who is supposed to be a role model for kindness and compassion.

prettymama72106
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM
like i said the receipt was not hers to do with as she pleases. Also I was talking in general because several people have taken to posting other peoples receipts online. It did say pastor on it clearly shown which if you live in a small town makes it easy to figure out who it was especially since part of signature is visible. The pastor was a jerk but the waitress acted irresponsibly. How can future customers be sure she wont post their receipts. Should she have been fired no but she deserved some consequences for acting juvenile and irresponsible.


Quoting Ms.Pink.:

The receipt didn't show any identifying info.



Quoting prettymama72106:

You cant go sharing peoples receipt it does have peoples personal info on there. The receipt was not hers to share. People have been getting fired left and right for doing it so she should have known not to. That being said she should not have gotten fired she should have been reprimanded in some way but not fired. Also i will add the pastor is a jerk and I dont feel bad for them


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BelleVernonGirl
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

They were trying to be sneaky...none of them prob had any intentions of tipping...what a bunch of assholes!


Quoting Ms.Pink.:

I don't agree with her being fired, but I think the gratuity was bs. For the pastors ticket to only be $34, they were all billed separately. Therefor a gratuity of 18% shouldn't have been added to individual tickets. You can't get 18% per ticket! Break the 18% up among all tickets sure, but no way they can charge 18% on all individual tickets.



My4Kidds
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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Shame on Applebee's. :/

edelweiss23
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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"Classy".

On both parts.

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