Pastor Alois Bell apologized to her congregation and called it a “lapse in my character and judgment” to write, “I give God 10% Why do you get 18″ on her receipt after dining at a St. Louis Applebee’s.
Applebee’s is one of many national restaurant chains that add a mandatory gratuity to every receipt. Pastor Bell took exception to the mandatory gratuity and left no tip at all.
Her waitress, Chelsea Welch, was so put off by the pastor’s rude attitude that she posted a copy of the receipt on Reddit.com, a high traffic website. The photo of the receipt quickly racked up hundreds of angry comments from Redditers.
“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.”
Pastor Bell complained to Applebee’s which terminated Chelsea’s employment. The reason: the receipt that Chelsea posted on Reddit included Bell’s signature, outing Bell to her congregation and the world.
Bell was forced to humble herself before her parishioners for bringing “embarrassment to my church and ministry.”
But Chelsea remains unapologetic for outing the pastor.
“Because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, “she said, “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,” said Chelsea.
Re-printed from SandraRose.com