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

Posted at 10:13 PM, Jan 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-31 23:10:32-05

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 Consumerist.com. “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.”