This St. Louis pastor is so God-fearing that she refused to tip her Applebee's waitress the 18% her bill required because she only 'gives God 10%'. As if stiffing a server who makes less than minimum wage (because they rely on, you know, TIPS) isn't rude enough, she actually had the nerve to demand that, because her server rightfully shamed her ass by posting the receipt on the internet, the entire Applebee's waitstaff be fired. Applebee's refused to take it that far, but did fire the employee who posted the receipt on Reddit. Why!? Honestly, I spent enough time handing pizza slices to ungrateful karate moms (and sushi rolls to the brilliant brats over at Columbia University), that I have learned failing to tip for adequate service is pretty much robbery.
Here's how I see the situation:
If you expect someone to fill up your drink, replace the American cheese on your sandwich with cheddar, and then clean up all the food that missed your fat mouth, YOU PAY THEM. And if you don't pay them, YOU are the asshole, not the server who acknowledged your foul.
So when waitress-robbing, bible-thumping Bell is like, “My heart is really broken,” and “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry," I just get angrier at her for feeling bad for herself. Like Chelsea Welch, the server Bell stiffed and then succeeded in having fired told the Smoking Gun, “I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning." Sorry I'm not sorry this time the asshole is a pastor with legions of supersticious Missourians to send to Heaven. If you write something that ignorant on a receipt, you deserve to be laughed at (HAHA you suck!!) and endlessly mocked.
Not only should this waitress still have her job, but she should be paid the 18% Pastor Bell stiffed her -- and then some. Applebee's, as a chain of restaurants dependent on servers to move their spinach and artichoke dip from the kitchen to the dining room, should get that. And instead of firing their waitress, Applebee's should join the rest of the world in shitting all over this lady. Too many people think it's OK not to tip or do other incredibly obnoxious things to their restaurant servers (creepy touching/come-ons, placing blame on the server instead of the cook, asking too many questions about the menu, and on and on). Respect the people feeding you!! Remember, they can spit in your food if they feel like it.
Basically, working in the restaurant industry is often Hell on Earth, and the last thing my brothers and sisters waiting tables need is some indignant pastor on a crusade to make it THAT much worse. Servers bring you your stuff; then, before you get up from your table and toss your napkin on the ground, you give them at least 20%. Not feeling like it, being broke, or thinking that servers get paid too much (EYE ROLL ,EYE ROLL) is not an excuse. If you don't tip, don't go out to eat. That's a wrap.