Pastor Sorry After Tip Snub Costs Waitress Her Job
Applebee's fires server who posted receipt online
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 12:59 PM CST
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(Newser) – A St. Louis pastor tells the Smoking Gun she is "heartbroken" over the brouhaha that erupted online this week over a tip she refused to leave. It was a "lapse in my character and judgment," Alois Bell says of the incident that resulted in an Applebee's waitress losing her job. If you missed it, here's what happened:

  • Bell went to the restaurant with nine others and got a bill that noted an 18% gratuity required for parties larger than six. "I give God 10% why do you get 18,” wrote Bell, who scratched out the tip, put a zero in its place, and added "pastor" to the receipt.

  • The server showed it to another waitress, who posted it on Reddit, where it soon went viral, with Bell's signature clearly visible. After Bell complained to Applebee's, the chain fired the waitress who posted it, reports the Consumerist.
“I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry," says Bell, who notes that she left a tip of $6 in cash that night. She later learned her credit card had been charged with the 18% tip after all.

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Jul 9, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
Funny, the pastor's comment AFTER the story went viral "I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry". Trying suck up. Too late! She should have thought about that before. Although I don't agree with the auto-adding of tips, she could have been a little more polite about it. I NEVER sign for the auto-tip. I tip very well, unless the service is very very bad, I still tip but not as good. And yes, I do take into consideration how busy there are and if they are new to the job.
Feb 2, 2013 8:55 PM CST
Pastors only have jobs because there are actually real people who go to listen to what they have to say and give them money to keep saying things. Unbelievable! For the love of Hanuman the monkey warrior, stop going to church and paying these charlatans!
Feb 2, 2013 7:31 PM CST
I think Pastor Bell is as phony as a three dollar bill. She's only "heartbroken" because she was outed on this. I hope she loose her job!