Waitress Fired for Posting Pastor's Note On Receipt About Automatic Gratuity

10:42 AM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A restaurant receipt from St. Louis has gone viral, after a pastor had an interesting message for her server at a south city Applebee's, which ultimately resulted in another waitress getting fired.

On the receipt, the pastor wrote, "I give God 10%, why do you get 18?" She then scratched out the $6.29 automatic gratuity and wrote "0" on the tip line. The automatic tip was added because this bill was part of the overall tab for a large dinner party.

The pastor was dining out last Friday following services at her church, Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries.

Another waitresses at the Applebee's posted a photo of the receipt on the social network site Reddit, sparking online outrage.

In an interview with The Smoking Gun website, the pastor described her actions that night as a "lapse in my character and judgment." However, the pastor claims despite crossing out the automatic gratuity, she did leave $6 in cash behind for the server.

When the pastor called Applebee's management to complain, she was told the waitresses responsible for posting the image of the receipt would be fired.

"I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke," said the waitress in an interview with 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 waitress also claims that when the pastor called Applebee's, she demanded everyone at the restaurant be fired.

Applebee's issued the following statement on Thursday: "Our Guests' personal information -- including their meal check -- is private, and neither Applebee's nor its franchisees have a right to share this information publicly. We value our Guests' trust above all else. Our franchisee has apologized to the Guest and has taken disciplinary action with the Team Member for violating their Guest's right to privacy. This individual is no longer employed by the franchisee."

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