Cheap Pastor Should Get Waitress’s Job Back

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, 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.


3 thoughts on “Cheap Pastor Should Get Waitress’s Job Back

  1. My thoughts exactly. Seems the incident itself may have been a lapse in character and judgement but not enough for her to seek revenge for the embarassment she caused herself. This pastor at the very least needs to demonstrate her Christian values by now using her influence as a “valued customer” to get the waitress’ job back and help her with lost wages.


  2. I think the worst part is that the poor girl got fired. What the pastor has not taken into account is the fact that God is not going to fire her as a pastor even though she embarrassed Him, definitely not fair the employee got fired because the pastor was embarrassed. Just another example to show why so many people are so bitter and closed off to God. Yes it was a bad judgement made by the pastor, she is human, but as a pastor you should know that in EVERYTHING you do you are representing God. She needs to show a little humility and get the employee her job back instead of looking to feel better for a mistake she made.


  3. @ Christina D. – I feel for the waitress getting fired. The pastor’s choice to write something demeaning for a hard-working person was bad. I hope the waitress finds another job soon, that pays better. Also, you are right, God may not fire her. However, events do happen in life because of choices made that may be in direct relation to what this pastor did by not being more Christlike to the waitress. Also, if this pastor wants to complain about the restaurant charging 18% gratuity, how about complaining to the government for what they charge? The taxes from the government are significantly more than 18%.


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