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?


Regardless of what transpired at the dinner table, the waitress showed poor judgement by going public with the name of the customer. A loose cannon like that is bad for business.

@ Sage49

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If the pastor has ANY shred of decency, he'll ask Applebee's to give this poor waitress back her job. He was out of line to write such a pathetic note on his receipt & should be ashamed of himself.


She feels embarrassed, seriously ?!?! Supposedly pastor wouldn't put that on the check. If you don't want to tip, don't go out and eat. The waitress didn't do anything wrong, non of her information is releases. If you have the courage to put something stupid on the receipt, own up to it...


I think a person should be able to chose how much they tip. It depends on how well you were looked after, but tipping nothing is kind of rude unless your waitress or waiter was terrible. The pastor was super rude in this case. Good for you for giving God 10%, but this waitress served your food for you and you're not going to give her anything? Shame on you.


What a black eye for Christians. Anybody can call themselves a Christian but the person that really has a relationship with our loving and forgiving God tries to do better than what happened here. We all slip from time to time. sigh..... If you are interested in knowing how you really get to heaven go here: Hint: It's not by going to church or following a bunch of man made rules!


i agree with the paster i think automated tipping should not be allowed if the tips keep going up you will soon be paying as much to tip as the meal i think they should be paid minimum wage like other working people and if you want to tip then so so i read they now want 25percent tips and then i see they had a place for another tip so they want 18% plus some more extra, they should not be able to tell you what to tip some of them are not worth 10% much less 20% or more and she showed she should not have the job by posting the receipt like it was such a big joke iam sure pastors would like to get tips too since they do not make much money. i think i will stay away from applebees.


The pastor needs to practice what she preaches, "good will to all men." This poor waitress I'm sure worked hard to please the pastor and her group and depends on her tips as part of her income. Shame, shame on the pastor and her group for using God as an excuse to not tip. Just in case your not aware, God is everywhere and he's free. It's your church that charges 10%. P.S I hope the waitress gets her job back, as Applebee's is out of line and protecting the wrong party. If I was the waitress I'd bring suit against Applebee's as they had no policy about the issue in their rule and regulations book.


The preacher is a phony and the manager is an a$$hole. This girl should be re-hired and promoted. She's just trying to make a living. And I agree the Jesus probably agrees that the preacher is an a$$hole.


So maybe he and his party should just sit their cheap assesat home and let God make their stinking meals!If you don't want to tip decently, sit home and just STFU. By the way, pastor, even Jesus probably thinks you're an a$$hole.


There is no god. Best tippers are bartenders, waiters and waitress. Screw you preacher stay home next time