And when the story went viral the pastor got the waitress fired from Applebee’s.
After a copy of her Applebee’s receipt began circulating online yesterday, Pastor Alois Bell of the St. Louis-based Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries phoned up the restaurant and asked to have everyone involved fired.
“My heart is really broken,” the 37-year-old told The Smoking Gun. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”
…a disagreement over the establishment’s auto-gratuity of 18% for parties of 8 or more would soon propel the pastor to the heights of Internet infamy.
“I give God 10% why do you get 18,” Bell wrote on her credit card receipt after crossing out the tip amount she was obliged to pay.
A server working at the restaurant uploaded a scan of the receipt to Reddit, and the rest is viral history…
“I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke,” Chelsea Welch told 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.”
They did — but Bell did not.
The pastor called it a “lapse in my character and judgment” that “has been blown out of proportion.” Somewhat an ironic statement coming from someone who ordered Applebee’s to fire everyone who came into contact with the receipt.