Chelsea Welch was a waitress at a St. Louis area Applebee's and was serving a party of about 20 diners who decided to get separate checks. Now, it's Applebee's policy that if there are more than 8 people in a group, an 18% gratuity is automatically added to the bill. There is also a space for an additional tip if the patron would like to show a little more appreciation for the service.
So, when Chelsea collected the receipts she was taken quite by surprise by what was written on one of them. First, the amount of the automatic gratuity was scratched out and the words "I give God 10%, why do you get 18?" Not only that, there was a large emphatic "0" scrawled on the additional tip line. At the bottom was the signature of a woman named Alois Bell, who apparently is a pastor at the local Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church.
Thinking surely this must be some kind of joke, Ms. Welch took a photo of the check and then posted it on Reddit. And that was that, right?
Once the good reverend was made aware of the post, she immediately complained to Applebee's management who, in turn, immediately fired the waitress.
Afterward, the restaurant released the following statement: "Our Guests’ personal information – including their meal check – is private, and neither Applebee’s nor its franchisees have a right to share this information publicly. We value our Guests’ trust above all else. Our franchisee has apologized to the Guest and has taken disciplinary action with the Team Member for violating their Guest’s right to privacy. This individual is no longer employed by the franchisee."
O.K. maybe Chelsea should have cropped out the signature before putting it up on the Internet for all to see. But, come on, man! Did she really deserve to lose her job over it? Besides, if Pastor Bell is going resort to such an un-Christian insult, she should own it. And everyone should be aware of her hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, the former Applebee's employee is looking for another job to help pay her way through college. "Hopefully I can find a job that pays more than $3.50/hr,” she says. “Or where people are willing to tip well.”