An Applebee waitress has been fired after taking a photo of a pastors tip, on which the pastor wrote “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%?”.
If you are unaware, Applebee’s automatically adds a 18% server tip if the table has more than ten people. In this case, it did, and the payer had to give 18% to the server. The pastor clearly wasn’t happy with this idea and decided to voice her opinion on the bill.
Chelsea, the waitress, posted the bill onto Reddit, in the sub-Reddit section /r/atheism. The bill quickly skyrocket and went viral all over the internet, with a lot of social media channels discussing the bill. It gained 3800 points and over 4500 comments on Reddit.
The server was fired from her job, after the incident went viral. Applebee explained on their Facebook page the reasons for firing the waitress:
“As a company that relies on literally hundreds of thousands of incredibly hard working Team Members, we can assure you that we and our franchisees value and support them and their efforts. However this unfortunate situation has nothing to do with work. The Team Member involved did not wait on the guest or party. Regrettably, and without the restaurant’s knowledge, she took it upon herself to take a Guest’s receipt, with the name clearly visible, and posted it online with her own commentary. That is a clear violation of our Guest’s privacy and against the franchisee’s company policy that the Team Member was provided when hired.”
Chelsea, the waitress, won’t feel too bad though, with a lot of companies now offering her placements and many offering financial aid until she gets a new job. It seems the Reddit atheist group and other people affected by this want to help the waitress get back on her feet.
Meanwhile, the Pastor, Alois Bell, said “My heart is really broken…I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.” clearly she feels her actions were wrong, now that a lot of the Reddit community has seen it.
This is yet another incident of how those little details can go viral and harm a persons’ life, for Chelsea it may have paid off, she will probably be getting offered placements in much luxurious positions, but for the pastor, her reputation in the community may be fickle now.