FIRED!!! pastor refuses to pay 18% gratuity, leaves snide remark on receipt. the waitress posts the receipt online and the pastor demands the entire applebees staff to be fired.
Hell hath no fury like a pastor scorned by the Internet.
After a copy of her Applebee's receipt began circulating online yesterday, Pastor Alois Bell of the St. Louis-based Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries phoned up the restaurant and asked to have everyone involved fired.
"My heart is really broken," the 37-year-old told The Smoking Gun. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry."
Last Friday, after evening services, Bell and her congregation headed to Applebee's for dinner as they did on many nights.
a disagreement over the establishment's auto-gratuity of 18% for
parties of 8 or more would soon propel the pastor to the heights of
"I give God 10% why do you get 18," Bell wrote
on her credit card receipt after crossing out the tip amount she was
obliged to pay.
A server working at the restaurant uploaded a scan of the receipt to Reddit, and the rest is viral history.
Bell was denied her request to have a brand new staff awaiting her the
next time she dined at her neighborhood Applebee's, she did succeed in
getting at least one person fired: The waitress who posted the receipt
"I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke," Chelsea Welch told Consumerist.
"I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. I posted it
to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining."
They did — but Bell did not.
The pastor called it
a "lapse in my character and judgment" that "has been blown out of
proportion." Somewhat an ironic statement coming from someone who
ordered Applebee's to fire everyone who came into contact with the
For her part, Welch did what she could to avoid having Bell's identity exposed, asking Reddit to stop posting the personal information of potential culprits.
In fact, Welch still isn't sure what exactly she did wrong.
"I didn't break any specific guidelines in the company handbook - I checked," said Welch,
who had no complaints about her service prior to this week. "Because
this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public,
Applebee's has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated
employee than lose an angry customer. That's a policy I can't
Neither will Reddit, which is no longer being kept at bay by Welch, and has already put out a call to "grab them pitchforks."
[photos via Reddit, The Smoking Gun]
Edited by James Avery - Jan 31 2013 at 5:39pm