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Waitress who posted pic of insulting receipt fired. "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?"

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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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!"

[Related: Pastor leaves waiter note on receipt: ‘I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?']

"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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zinniadaisy
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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"My heart is really broken," Bell added. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry." - yet she makes it worse by having the woman fired???  Hope she knows Karma's a bitch.

stormcris
by Christy on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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What right to privacy did the pastor have leaving a note on a bill in public?

Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Yeah, I really don't feel sorry for her at all. Her heart is broken? So is her logic.

Quoting zinniadaisy:

"My heart is really broken," Bell added. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry." - yet she makes it worse by having the woman fired???  Hope she knows Karma's a bitch.

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Bieg9093
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM
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 If God wants 18% he ought to give free refills.

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM
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Everyone feels remorse when they get caught being an asshole.

jlo1313
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM
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She is heartbroken and embarassed by HER action?!?!?

Accountability - getcha SOME! 


I don't feel sorry for her and Karma is a bitch.  Good luck with that!

kaffedrikke
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM
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The pastor wasn't very Christian and Applebees was pretty shitty too.

nb34
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Exactly! If she felt any remorse, then why did she make it worse like this. Shame on her.

Quoting zinniadaisy:

"My heart is really broken," Bell added. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry." - yet she makes it worse by having the woman fired???  Hope she knows Karma's a bitch.


GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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Ah, such a good shepherd that pastor is, showing such character and kindness.

Eh, not so much. Then, to compound it by getting the server fired.

Makes you wonder what kind of things people are told in that church.

krysstizzle
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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Pastor Bell sounds like one dumb bitch. 

And how do more than 8 people eat at Applebees for $36? 

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