Politics, Sexual background, and Religion will always be hot button topics that certainly provide heated debates, no matter who or where you are. There are correct places where these topics can be discussed openly and freely without any tension or hatred. However, when individuals bring these topics up in a general conversation or make a statement regarding these topics, things may get a little out of hand, people voice their opinions and emotion usually takes over.
This was the case when a Pastor from St. Louis made an irrational and what many are saying, an insulting comment to a waiter at a local Applebee’s Restaurant on Wednesday Jan. 30.
Chelsea Welch a waitress working at a local St. Louis Applebee’s did her normal job routines for the designated table she severed, but when it was time to collect the bill, she found a note that she thought was both insulting and comical.
Alois Bell a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church was with a group of eight people, which made the receipt have an automatic tip amount of 18%, but Bell seemed to be fed up with the automatic tip line on the receipt. The pastor decided to write on the receipt: “I give God 10%, why should you get 18?”
Welch did what most people would probably have done and took a picture of the receipt, but then she proceeded to post the picture on several different social media sites, which in effect, spread like wild fire on the Internet.
“I thought other users would find the note entertaining,” Welch said in a statement.
Although Welch may have thought it was entertaining, the pastor did not. Towards the end of the day after several dozen people contacted her about a picture that had been surfacing around the Internet, she felt that the firestorm had actually ruined her reputation and felt the need to complain to the Restaurant’s manager. After complaining to the manager, the pastor seemed to feel a little guilty or remorse for what she did.
“It was a lapse in my character and judgment, my heart is really broken, I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry,” Bell said.
As a result of Bell complaining to the Restaurant manager, the manager decided to fire Welch because she violated Pastor Bell “right to privacy”, which took Bell by surprise.
“There was nothing specific in the employee handbook admonishing my behavior; I had no intention of starting a witch hunt or hurting anyone. I just wanted to share a picture I found interesting,” Welch said.
“I did not know I could be fired for ‘embarrassing’ someone who directly insults their server on religious grounds,” Welch said.
Bell’s action may or may not have a direct effect at her church, and she may be truly sorry for getting a minimum wage worker fired for something she thought was insulting, but Welch is one person that simply doesn’t believe Bell is genuinely sorry for her actions.
“She [Alois Bell] obviously wanted the note to be seen by someone, I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning,” Welch said.
Do you think Chelsea Welch should have been fired?
Applebee’s Waitress Fired For Sharing ‘I Give God 10%’ Tip Receipt
An Applebee’s waitress posted a photo on Reddit of a receipt from an alleged pastor who, instead of leaving the suggested 18 percent tip, wrote “I give God 10%, why should you get 18.” Now, after the bill went viral, Applebee’s has fired the waitress, according to Consumerist.