A cheap pastor who thought it not only fair, but also Christ-like to stiff a waitress should show true Christianity and now petition Applebee’s to get this waitress her job back. If you haven’t seen the image that went viral or read the story, here’s the summary:
A pastor apparently tried to stiff a waiter on a tip, explaining that their work for God absolved them of having to leave one. A photo of the receipt, posted to Reddit.com, shows a bill for $34.93 that included an automatic 18 percent gratuity ($6.29) above a blank space for an additional tip. “I give God 10%,” the diner wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip. “Why do you get 18?” The person then wrote “Pastor” above their signature, and an emphatic “0” where the additional tip would be.
The waitress later identified as Chelsea Welch who submitted the image explained in the comments section that the receipt was part of a total bill of over $200 for a party of 20, which is why the gratuity was automatically added. Alois Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church who left the message and non-tip, was not amused, and she called Welch’s manager to complain. “[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,” Bell told the Smoking Gun, adding she did not expect her easily recognizable signature would be, as her friend informed her, “all over Yahoo. You went viral!” “My heart is really broken,” Bell added. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.” A spokesman for Applebee’s said it apologized to Bell for violating her “right to privacy” and confirmed that Welch “is no longer employed by the franchise.”
I really have no sympathy for the pastor who showed how little grace she has by not only using God as an excuse to duck out of a tip, but then to demand retribution for her poor behavior ultimately leading to the waitress’s termination. I’m embarrassed as a Christian that someone who not only claims to be a follower of Jesus, but also a leader of a church would share their faith in such an obscene way. If she wanted to save face and show that her “momentary lapse in judgement” isn’t a sign of a much larger issue, she will forgive the waitress and work to get her job back.