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?


If you give good service good tip bad service nothing nothing.

Cheryl joyce

The Pastor should be ashamed of herself and I am glad that she is embarressed by the waitress publishing it on the web. Now her church will see exactly what she is. The only one I feel bad for his the waitress that got fired. Her boss obviously caves very easily.


Dear Little baby Jesus son of the Lord God Almighty Dammit!? How dare he use the f'g Lord God's name in Goddam vain! Contradictory,cheap prick! He needs to stay in his candle-lit Hobbit nest eating Ramen watching kiddie porn!

@ Jesus

Haa! Exactly.


agree with the Hellion. All these psycho religious fanatics think they are better then anyone else, cuz "they are right"...and Sasha, its not that they think they are higher then God, u lot think ur higher then non religious people. What kinda lame reasoning is that in the first place, I wont give u money cuz i give God less. I swear u guys should be forbidden and outlawed, cuz this is just plain retarded, stupid, something from middle ages. U all psycho muslims, christians, who the fuck ever religious fanatics should shut the fuck up and stop annoyin normal people with lame religious arguments and reasoning! PLEASE JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP!!


@Hellion, are you serious? I know many intelligent people who are Christians. Myself, included. I am very thankful I am not so narcissistic to believe I am above God. I would rather live my life as a Christian than to live it as an atheist and find out I was wrong. Hopefully you will have a change of heart someday. God bless!

@ Sasha

"I would rather live my life as a Christian than to live it as an atheist and find out I was wrong." So for you, it's not a matter of faith or divine inspiration, you're just hedging your bets and playing the odds! How very pious of you. Incidentally, the smart money is on Krishna, and take the points...

@ D. Ablo

Well said D. Abo!!

@ Sasha

This isnt a faith based issue at all. Greed is the problem. I reserve the right to include a tip in my check, not the restaurant. Good service deserves a tip, bad service doesnt. I dont care how many people are in the party.


The deeply religious people in the world are often cited as the most ignorant. Did you know that 80% of the people with the highest IQ's on the planet are atheists?
Instead of constantly arguing over who's imaginary friend is better why don't we simply use logic? Peace would come much quicker.
Remember, 2 hands working get more done than 1,000 hands praying.

@ Hellion

Nicely said Hellion!!

@ Hellion

Dear all knowing.... Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is to not be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it.
There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool?
But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.- Charles Spurgon
It is more logical to believe than not, I hope you find some sunshine in your life, you sound like you could use it. Much love