Applebee’s fires waitress for putting pastor’s snarky receipt note online

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A waitress who received no tip from an angry pastor has been fired after putting a picture of the receipt, complete with a snarky note, on the website Reddit.

Chelsea Welch, who worked fora St. Louis-area branch of Applebee’s, decided to put the image online after noticing  that pastor Alois Bell — angry over the automatic %18 gratuity that was added in — wrote “I give God 10%, why do you get 18?”  In the additional tip form, was a zero.

Bell had been dining after a service with a group of ten from the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries church, and the bill was being divided amongst the diners.  Because the group was larger than six, however, the 18% was automatically added in.

“I thought the note was insulting, but also comical,” Welch told “And I thought other users would find it entertaining.”

It is unclear how Bell came across the image online, but the pastor was not amused and called the restaurant’s manager, who fired Welch.  Afterwards, however, the pastor had a change of heart.

“[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,” Bell told the Smoking Gun.  “My heart is really broken . . . I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”



    Guess no more eating at applbees for any of us. No rest. Should add anything automaticly. If they do we subtract it . Leave $00.00 tip . And never return.

  • fixin2reckon

    I am deeply saddened by this whole thing! I would pray that God help this “pastor” examine their heart. Not only being disrespectful to someone, but going out of your way to make sure they know it’s been done under GOD’S NAME??????????? I just want to try to get the point across to people, that when you have a bad experience with a “Christian”….to remember that it is a bad experience with PEOPLE……NOT God! God is about LOVE!

    When I was a waitress, I had a few regular customers that I already KNEW were going to be rude/obnoxious and tip me NOTHING. I still did the very best job I could do and also did it WITH A SMILE. That is what God calls us to do! Our LIVES/ATTITUDES/ACTIONS are the real testimony for Christ. As far as Christians dining out, or anything else customer service/people related..we should always be polite and generous from the heart!…. do we forget WHO WE REPRESENT???????? God gets 10%???? How about GOD GETS 100%!? In everything we do or have?

    May myself and every other Believer meditate on this prayer-

    Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 NLT)

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