(Updated below)
St. Louis pastor Alois Bell is under fire after leaving a nasty note for her waiter at a local Applebee’s restaurant.
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The pastor was upset that a tip was included on her check – something the restaurant does for groups with over eight individuals.

Pastor Alois Bell now says she’s sorry.
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The meal came after an evening service at the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries church. (Smoking Gun)

FOX 2 reported:

A pastor says when she left a snide comment on a receipt, she did use bad judgement, but she did leave a tip. The St. Louis pastor found herself at the center of a viral mess when her receipt was posted to the online site, “Reddit”. It happened at an area Applebee’s Restaurant, according to the pastor.

“What they didn’t show is the money that I left and that we all left on the table,” said Pastor Bell. She says she left $6.29 on the table and her credit card was also charged the tip amount. Everyone else at the table also left tips in cash.

When the receipt was posted to Reddit, reportedly by a server, people started sending her messages. “I’ve actually been harassed because of this and it doesn’t tell the whole story,” Pastor Bell says. While she admits it was a lapse in judgement, she says she and her ministry do good work around the community and would never want to tarnish the light of Christianity.

Hat Tip Ed

UPDATE: The waitress says she was fired for posting the receipt on the internet.

UPDATE 2: Pastor Alois Bell called the restaurant today and got the waitress fired.
Yahoo reported:

An Applebee’s waitress who posted a receipt with a note from a pastor complaining about the automatic gratuity added to the bill on the Internet was fired on Wednesday after the pastor complained to her manager.

Chelsea Welch, the waitress, wrote in an email to Yahoo News that the pastor (who has since been identified as Alois Bell) told Welch’s manager at the St. Louis-area Applebee’s that the ensuing firestorm had “ruined” her reputation.

 

 

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  1. It’s Applebee’s, what did you expect? I wouldn’t take my dog to eat at Applebee’s.

  2. Well, the waitress has been fired over this. What is your “sorry” going to do to fix this, Pastor?

  3. That waitress should never have been fired. This “pastor” was WAY out of line. Waitresses make far less than minimum wage and large parties are both extra work and known to stiff them on the tips. Adding gratuity automatically is standard in many places.

  4. So the server felt entitled to 18% of the bill of $34.93, which included any tax that was tacked on to the cost of the meal? You will notice the cost of the meal, plus the tax, is not broken down on the receipt.

    Nevermind that by leaving a tip in cash, the server probably will not report that as income, and will not pay taxes on that income, although she/he profitted from the tax added to Pastor Bell’s bill.

    No server is worth 18% of the cost of a meal, plus the cost of the tax. At best, 15% for really, really good service. And if the service is bad (as it so often is where gratuity is included) the server should get nada with a note that they are currently being overpaid as it is.

  5. Welcome to the white social conservative world dear lady. Guess because the receipt did not show that were were one of the politically correct protected races you now have a small taste of what has been going down for a long time for any socially or fically conservative white woman.
    Just ask Sarah or Michelle Malkin.

  6. #3, Granny, yes, the server should have been fired. That server had no right to embarrass a customer of the company she worked for. Did it ever occur to you that her service might have been lousy to begin with? How many times have you gone out to eat and the server/waitress is lousy? Do people deserve 18% gratuity just because they are standing around breathing?

  7. Retire05, remind me never to be your server LOL. Waitresses make just a bit over $2 an hour most places. The IRS has long since determined that there should be a certain amount of tips reported to account for cash tips and they charge accordingly.

    Do note that the waitress didn’t charge the tip – the restaurant did.

  8. Welcome to the white social conservative world dear lady. Guess because the receipt did not show that you were were one of the politically correct protected races you now have a small taste of what has been going down for a long time for any socially or fiscally conservative white woman.
    Just ask Sarah or even Ann Romney.

  9. In Atlanta, if you are a young white waitress you can expect black women to stiff you at least 90 percent of the time. And they are mean as well.

    I say this after five years waiting tables all through college, and I was a great waitress too. Sorry it’s not politically correct. I’ve been waiting 20 years to vent this.

  10. My money was on another hoax. Looks like I lost this time.

    What a maroon.

  11. I find that receipt rather amazing. I have never before seen that kind of hard number associated with what is supposed to be a gratuity.

    Never eaten at an Applebee’s before, and after seeing this, I probably never will.

  12. An example of 2 wrongs dont make a right. mean of the pastor and stupid of the waitress to post that online. I wouldnt want my credit card receipt posted online….and I am sure Applebee’s doesnt want to be known for posting credit card receipts if you dont tip enough.

  13. In most restaurants, they add a tip to the bill if you have a large number in your party. Why because people are cheep. Talk to a waiter or waiter friend. Ask them what demographic is the worst tippers. The takers keep their take and share under duress. Most waitresses/waters work for 1 to 2 dollars per hour. They rely on tips to earn a living. If you are too cheep to leave a descent tip stay home and open up a can of dog food.

  14. “What they didn’t show is the money that I left and that we all left on the table,” said Pastor Bell. She says she left $6.29 on the table and her credit card was also charged the tip amount.”

    I call BS on this. Why would you squawk about the tip total like you did after leaving the exact same amount on the table in cash?

    If anything, the server should have been fired for posting a reciept online. Hope that was the reason.

  15. I sure woulda fired that waitress! That receipt was not a public record to be shown to the world! Would anyone be OK with having their sales receipts shown to the world for scrutiny?

    Was the Pastor rude and ungenerous? Sure! She admits that she lost her mind and used bad judgement! She was a customer and I have been led to believe that the customer is always right

  16. “retire05 commented: So the server felt entitled to 18% of the bill of $34.93, which included any tax that was tacked on to the cost of the meal? You will notice the cost of the meal, plus the tax, is not broken down on the receipt.”

    Is it possible the pastor’s receipt reflects her tax exempt status?

  17. Everyone knows that Blacks don’t tip. If your depend on tips for a living, you dread serving Black customers, not because you are a racist, but because you know you’re probably going to get stiffed. Now that may be a generalization, but it is a fact that at the end of the day 80-90% of the people that stiff you are Blacks.

    Holder thinks you are a coward if you don’t speak up about race, so I’m doing my part to prove him wrong.

  18. Did anyone think that maybe Applebee’s didn’t tell her up front that the tip was automatically added? It happened to me at a Chi Chi’s rest in Green Bay years ago. I didn’t find out until I got the check. I’m usually a darn good tipper, having worked in a full service rest, but the waitress only got what they added to the bill that night. Granny, back when I worked in a full service rest, the waitress was paid 2.01 an hour and were supposed to report 80% of their tips. Out of 35 waitresses and waiters, I knew exactly two that were honest about it. I understood why many didn’t, they made quite a bit. Still, it was wrong.

  19. #3 January 31, 2013 at 11:07 am Granny

    You are absolutely correct. Same goes for #13 Buffalo Bob.

    Almost all restaurants do the automatic tip for large groups. Anybody surprised by these things has unlikely ever worked in a restaurant.

    And as for the racial thing with tips. I hate to say it, but there’s alot of truth to that one. Back when I worked in that business even the most PC libs would groan about that in advance. They had a real good idea which tables weren’t going to tip them. On the other hand, strippers and bartenders – now there’s some tippers – and it doesn’t matter what ethnicity they are.



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