You DON’T belong at Applebee’s
I’ve never been to Applebee’s, and now I’ll never darken their doorway. Anyway, from the beginning:
A party of twenty was served at an Applebee’s. If it’s a party of 8 or more, an 18% tip is automatically added to the bill. One of these twenty customers — whose signature included the word “Pastor” — crossed out the $6.29 tip amount that had been automatically calculated for him. Next to the crossed-out $6.29, he wrote “0” and then added “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?”
The waitress posted a copy of the receipt to Reddit. The Pastor’s signature was totally illegible (other than the word “Pastor”), so she didn’t think she was “outing” anybody.
She added to her Reddit post: “My mistake sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries.”
And now Applebee’s has fired the waitress. Her Reddit post went viral, and eventually Pastor Douchebag found out about it. This devout Man of God stormed into the Applebee’s location and demanded that everyone involved — wait staff, managers — be fired. Yes, that’s exactly what Jesus would do.
The waitress who was fired said:
“When I posted this, I didn’t represent Applebee’s in a bad light. In fact, I didn’t represent them at all. I did my best to protect the identity of all parties involved. I didn’t break any specific guidelines in the company handbook — I checked. But 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.”
“I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man has been used as reasoning. If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone… It’s strange to me that now that the audience is wider than just the server, the person is now ashamed.”
As he should be.
UPDATE: It’s not a “he” after all. The Pastor is one Alois Bell of the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church. And the Applebee’s is located in the St. Louis area.
Pastor Bell sobbed:
“My heart is really broken. I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”
You did that the day you were born, Asshole.
And here's another statement from the waitress who was fired, Chelsea Welch:
“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.”