Applebee's Waitress: FIRED For Posting Pastor's Receipt on Reddit!

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An Applebee's waitress who posted a receipt on Reddit showing a note from a pastor complaining about the automatic suggested gratuity has reportedly been fired.

After the pastor complained to her manager, no less.


Chelsea Welch, the waitress, tells Yahoo News that the pastor (since identified as Alois Bell) told Welch's manager that the ensuing firestorm "ruined" her reputation.

"I give God 10%," the pastor wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip and scribbling in an emphatic "0" where the additional tip would be.

"Why do you get 18?"

There were more than eight people in Bell's party, triggering the auto-tip ... on a bill not even totaling $35. Still, the pastor was apparently not a fan.

Welch, who snapped a photo of the bill and uploaded to Reddit, defended her right to post the receipt online, along with how insulted she felt by it.

"I thought the note was insulting, but also comical," she told the Consumerist about her decision. "And I thought other users would find it entertaining.”

Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church, was not amused when word got around, and called Welch's manager to complain.

“[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,” Bell said, noting that her signature ID'd her to a friend in St. Louis, who said, “it's all over Yahoo. You went viral!”

“My heart is really broken. I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”

Didn't stop her from bringing up the issue to her server's employer, of course.

A spokesman for Applebee’s said it apologized for violating Bell's "right to privacy" and confirmed that Welch “is no longer employed by the franchise."

Welch was surprised that Applebee's fired her, "especially because there was nothing specific in the employee handbook admonishing this behavior."

"I had no intention of starting a witch hunt or hurting anyone. I just wanted to share a picture I found interesting," she said, still in shock from her dismissal.

Welch also isn't buying Bell's "embarrassment" over the note she wrote.

“If a person wrote this, obviously they wanted it seen ," she said. “I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning."

What do you think? Is Bell being sincere? And should Welch have been fired?


wohh specifically what I was looking in support of, gratitude for putting up. strona


“[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,” Bell said"...No, i think we saw your character just fine! Only embarrassed that you were caught.


After reading the story I was disgusted at the "pastor" and at Applebees. But I have to tell you after reading some of the comments in regards to it I have yet again found a reason to lose faith in humanity. Some people should be ashamed of them selves! Ben get a life and get over yourself! I can only hope that Karma is a real thing and some of these people get what they deserve!

@ Dan

I couldn't have said it better!


Seriously, if you don't want to pay a tip then just don't pay it. What kind of person writes a nasty little comment like that? It's not like every other customer in the restaurant doesn't get the same on their receipt. Pastor? What a joke.


Shame on Applebee's and shame on the pastor that's all I have to say about that. Also how would the pastor like it if no one gave to the church I'm guessing not very much:( . So pay it forward pastor.


hmm im guessin all these racist ww on here like h8ing on bw but probably have no problem d8ing a bm? ww just as dumb as bm-you deserve each other.Oh and i think is funny that you ww are losing YOUR wm to aw-guess those asians pleasuring your men lol

@ yolanda75

dude.. wtf are you saying?




I've got a tip for her! Vote Republican! She thinks it's bad now? What until the taxpayer who is funding Food Stamps- OBAMACARE- wait till they quit eating their all together! I like it! When everyone quits tipping then maybe we will get these SINGLE- CONTRACEPTION FEMALES to THINK- BEFORE THEY VOTE! I'm guessing they want their cake and eat it to? Glad she was fired! This Facebook Or Reddit- its all Bullshit!

@ Ben

Which red neck hole did you crawl out of...?


Applebee's was wrong in firing this girl. I don't blame her for putting it on Reddit the cheap scape should have tipped her properly. Just in case you don't know why there is an automated tip it's because cheap asses like this pastor doesn't tip their servers. These people work hard to make the little they get and for a so called christian to not tip her at all is a disgrace to humanity. Don't want to tip your server keep you stupid ass home and cook for yourself.


How could someone do something so cruel to this waitress, it is absolutely the cheapest, classless example of humanity...and a person wearing the cloth no less. This woman had every right to be outraged, and, it took guts for her to post this to Reddit. Good for her.