Waitress Who Posted Pastor's Tip-less Receipt Fired

Yesterday, we brought you the story of a St. Louis-area man claiming to be a pastor who—following an unsuccessful attempt to dodge paying a restaurant's auto-gratuity policy—chose to leave no tip whatsoever, writing in the margin of the receipt, "I give God 10%, why should you get 18?" Today comes word that the waitress who posted a picture of the receipt to Reddit was fired from Applebee's for the deed. “I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke,” Chelsea, the waitress, told The Consumerist. “I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. I posted it to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining.” The picture went viral, and along with it, the pastor's signature (although nobody seems to be able to read the signature—the identity of the pastor remains a mystery). Nevertheless, according to Chelsea, the alleged pastor got wind of it and promptly called the Applebee's, lovingly demanding that everyone in the entire place be fired. That didn't happen, but Chelsea did lose her job. “I was just trying to make a joke," she said. "But I came home today unemployed” ...

UPDATE: The Smoking Gun is reporting that the pastor, Alois Bell, has apologized for a "lapse in [his] character and judgment,” saying, “My heart is really broken, I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.” Thanks for the tip.


Doug Jolly


Doug Jolly commented…

It's just the way the world works these days, I guess. 99.9% of all Christians -- and pastors -- tip their servers, and tip them as well as they can. Then, when one person in a million does something stupid like this, and does it in the name of Christianity, THAT's when the Internet explodes. Negativity sells. Maybe that's why Jesus told us to keep on doing good works "in secret."

Lisa Baker


Lisa Baker commented…

Unfortunately, there are many people in leadership positions within the church who clearly do not demonstrate the love of Christ when they interact with others. The pastor would have been wise to let the matter drop and apologize to the waitress to whom he had been so rude to. Going back and demanding that she and everyone else be fired demonstrated a continued lack of judgment and was not a testimony of God's love and grace. It is an opportunity for growth on the part of both the pastor and the waitress. Hopefully, they will be able to put it behind them and move forward.

Nate Smith


Nate Smith commented…

This is honestly why being a server... especially on Sundays... is terrible at times.

Susan Segars


Susan Segars commented…

Very sad. My daughter waited tables for 7 years--through high school and college, and the single most dreaded day was Sundays. Not only did they not tip—they were the most rude and demanding folks in the place. I've never forgotten that and as a director of a nonprofit ALWAYS instruct our staff to tip generously—and to be gracious. The least we can do/be.

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