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. (Read more pastor stories.)

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