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February 1, 2013 5:35 AM
the signature was probably the reason. She violated privacy. Had she blocked it out, it might have been a different story.
February 1, 2013 5:35 AM
The company had no other real choice.

I'd like to tell the pastor to go to he!!. What an arse!
February 1, 2013 5:35 AM

So lets get this clear - is a tip a suggested amount of money to be given for good (or even standard) service


Is it the staff wages that must be paid whatever shi ty attitude you receive

I've had good service I have had bad and I am quite happy to stand by zero for bad

Companies use an excuse like this to solve problems

Applebee's general policy is that if a customer complains about the gratuity for a large party, they will remove it. No *****y comments necessary on the tab from the customer. The server doesn't get to decide which large parties get it added though. It is automatic and needs to be removed by management.
February 1, 2013 5:36 AM
I bet he gives a tip from now on, lol.
February 1, 2013 5:38 AM

I don't even understand... how do you give God 10%? Is God accepting credit cards now? Or serving lunch? There's no parallel. And obviously, the waitress didn't choose how the receipts are printed or to have the "auto tip" on there. That's just a bunch of self-rightous BS. IMO, that is ;-p

ETA: though I would have blacked out the signature, personally.

Traditionally, the 10% is given to whatever church you attend and the idea is for it to be used in the church ministries and missions. However, I personally believe that if you use the 10% to meet a need for a total stranger that God is just as pleased with giving in that way. What this man did was TOTALLY out of line, and I'm embarrassed, angry, and disappointed that a professing Christian would do something like this...especially a pastor. NOT Christlike behavior at all. Please keep in mind that someone can call themselves a Christian, but it doesn't mean they truly are. There's a whole lot more to being a Christian than just believing in the existence of God.

I was going to say the same thing about the waitress not being the one to add the tip to the receipt. Not to mention, even if he doesn't agree with a restaurant doing that (I don't agree with that, btw. I've had too many situations where the waiter/waitress gives horrible service and a bad attitude. In that case, it should be my decision as to how much they get, but I always leave SOMETHING even if it's only a couple of bucks.), he should've at least given her SOMETHING, and the little comment was COMPLETELY unnecessary. I think she was out of line for posting it, but firing her was a little drastic.
February 1, 2013 5:39 AM
This bill was for only her portion of the party. They had them split the bill. This happened in the town that I live in, and it is practically all they talk about on the news. The news channel interviewed her, she realized she was wrong and stated that she did pay the tip.
February 1, 2013 5:41 AM
Since she is a pastor....doesn't that mean she gives 100 percent to God? smile
February 1, 2013 5:43 AM
I would have not posted the signature, just the comment.

And I think he is crummy for what he did.
February 1, 2013 5:43 AM
I keep seeing a lot of people referring to the pastor as "he". The pastor was a woman. The one thing the pastor got wrong, is that the 10% to your church is 10% of your income. The 18% tip is only 18% of the meal total. Big difference there. The pastor then called Applebees and demanded the woman get fired. She'll be judged one day.
February 1, 2013 5:43 AM
The pastor called that Applebees and demanded that everyone who came in contact with that receipt be fired. Personally I think that pastor (and she's a woman, people - quit saying he) is a self-righteous *****. The server was fired for posting private information to the internet, but she was the only one fired.
February 1, 2013 5:44 AM

This is what applebees said about it on FaceBook

Applebee's Mike, I understand that you're upset. Guest personal information - including their meal check - is private, and neither Applebee's nor it's franchisees have the right to share this information publicly. Unfortunately in this situation the Guest's right to privacy was violated. Really do hope you reconsider. We don't like that this happened anymore than you do.- ARA

Too bad she got fired for posting this on her Facebook page, but she clearly violated company policy.

Not every aspect of your life needs to be posted on FB. Especially when everyone can see it, including your Employer. Hard lesson to learn.

Should have stuck to clicking on the " Like" button, Posting "OMG" and "LOL" and "Which shoes do I look cuter in?" and all the more important issues like the rest of the Facebook Generation.
February 1, 2013 5:45 AM
This has nothing to do with whether or not the customer was a jerk for not leaving a tip.

She absolutely should've been fired. People are going way too far with this "I can put whatever I want on social media" crap. No, you most certainly cannot throw caution to the wind and post photos of work-related, CONFIDENTIAL documents online. If she hadn't been fired, the company would've been sending a message to all its employees that this sort of behavior is acceptable. It could open them up to lawsuits, and it could result in this happening to many more of their customers, which could ultimately ruin their business.

It is clear most of the people posting on this thread have never owned or run a business, seeing as how so many of you think this is perfectly okay.
February 1, 2013 5:47 AM
Always reminds me of the scene from Reservoir Dogs with Mr. Pink. I wholeheartedly agree, privacy issues are earned not given. I don't care if you make $2.40 or $8.40 an hour. You chose that profession and even if it is the ONLY job you could get, fine...but keep in mind to get a solid income it's based on your service.

I have many friends who work as servers and they do great and make very good money. They also happen to be amazing people who have the common sense to realize they get paid based on quality of service. Too many times I've had a server who acted as if they were doing me a favor by bringing my food to me or were outright tip! But, there are always d-bags who don't tip regardless of the service.
February 1, 2013 5:47 AM

Why exactly does the pastor deserve to maintain privacy? Its a private establishment, not the US government. If you're an idiot, let's trumpet that to the world. Maybe a bit of ridicule will make people think twice about being a moron.

You do realize that private establishments have to follow the laws set by the US government? That's why we have regulators....
Even if the guy was an a-hole, he didn't break any rules...she was the one that did. I'm not condoning what he did, but she acted imaturely
February 1, 2013 5:48 AM

Reminded me of this upsetting picture:

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single mom, but she can afford a 140 dollar meal at a restaurant and can't give 10%,....disgusting
February 1, 2013 5:48 AM
I agree with the majority...the waitress should not have posted the receipt with the name shown, however, it is very sad that a pastor would act this way....including bragging about how much she tithes. How much a person tithes (and whether they tithe at all) is a matter between them and God, it's a personnel matter, not something to brag about.
February 1, 2013 5:52 AM
Where did you get this? How do you know the waitress was fired? Because it was online?

And.... who cares if she got stiffed? I waited tables, made a lot of money too. Sometimes you don't get a tip. It doesn't help to complain about it. DRIVE ON!!

No, that should not be posted online, so if I were her manager, I would fire her as well.

It has nothing to do with religion, it has everything to do with ethics.
February 1, 2013 5:54 AM
So what if instead of Applebee's she worked at a pharmacy and instead of an embarassing tip she was posting a "OMG look what this customer takes" receipt picture. Same exact thing. Be a professional no matter what your job is. Take the good with the bad. You simply cannot throw a public trantrum everytime something pisses you off at work. If you do eventually you're employer will determine you don't like your job and will find someone else who does like your job to replace you.
February 1, 2013 5:54 AM
She the "PASTOR" is an idiot!!!!!!!!!
February 1, 2013 5:55 AM
I waited on tables when I was in college. I can relate to how this woman feels; getting stiffed it one thing, but having it rubbed in your face in such a rude fashion (not because of service, but because of belief) is just rotten.

I read an article about this that indicated the pastor who wrote the snooty note was embarrassed and said she brought shame to her church or something like that.

Now, whilst I do agree that her name should have been blacked out, I do also get the feeling that if she didn't want this to be seen, then she would have just said something, and not have written it on the ticket. I personally believe that she should be embarrassed, and hopefully this event has taught her a lesson.

It was my impression that the teachings of the bible include something called compassion...She showed this woman who works for tips no compassion, and ended up getting her fired; that's not very Christian like if you ask me - especially for a pastor (but what do I know? I'm an atheist.)

The pastor could have chosen to ignore it instead of making a big deal out of it. I'm pretty sure that had the pastor done something charitable (like given a very large tip,) and the waitress posted that online I doubt she would have cared, and I doubt the waitress would have been fired.
Edited by SadKitty27 On February 1, 2013 5:56 AM
February 1, 2013 5:56 AM
February 1, 2013 5:56 AM

My Granny Jo advised me when dating a new guy to pay attention to how he treats people around him, not just how he treats me. How a guy treats a waiter/waitress is a bigger indicator of character than whether he opens my door. This pastor may be a God-fearing Christian but must have missed class the day they taught "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" in seminary. Shame on her. I agree the waitress showed poor judgement and should have blacked out the signature/personal info. But is the pastor proud of herself for tipping zero and then getting her fired for something petty? So much for forgiveness and showing charity to others, more lessons this pastor apparently didn't learn.

February 1, 2013 5:57 AM
What;s the back story on it? All I'm seeing is a tab.. There has to be more to it than just this...
February 1, 2013 6:01 AM

Why exactly does the pastor deserve to maintain privacy? Its a private establishment, not the US government. If you're an idiot, let's trumpet that to the world. Maybe a bit of ridicule will make people think twice about being a moron.

February 1, 2013 6:02 AM
Pastor is an ass and I hope he gets a TON of grief for it...because previous poster is correct, that is part of WAGES!

Even God would disagree with this...well he would if he really gave a crap about any of us..but I digress.



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