Chelsea Welch the server at a St. Louis Applebee’s who earlier this week posted an online a picture of a receipt left by sanctimonious cheapskate “Pastor” Alois Bell has been fired.
“Pastor” Bell of the St. Louis-based and anti-gay Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries who refused to pay the 18% gratuity that was tacked on to her check for dining with a large party by writing “”I give God 10% why do you get 18,”
Bell has admitted to writing the note on the check to the server saying “My heart is really broken,” the 37-year-old told The Smoking Gun. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.” and said that it was “lapse in my character and judgment” that “has been blown out of proportion.” But of course that didn’t stop her from calling the restaurant and demanding that Chelsea and everyone else involved be fired. And Applebees not only bowed to Bell but also apologized, offered her gift cards and to have a brand new staff awaiting her the next time she dined at her neighborhood Applebee’s
Applebee’s claims it fired Chelsea Welch for violating a customers privacy by posting the receipt online but Applebee’s itself does the same thing when a customer leave a positive notes.
This created a fury of rage on the Internet, with social media users taking to their weapons of choice and lambasting away, thousands at a time, against the restaurant’s decisions. Numerous “Boycott Applebee’s” groups sprung up on Facebook, along with “Rehire Chelsea Welch” and other similar groups. Applebee’s website has a “What’s the Buzz” widget, that shows what people are saying on Twitter about the company. None of it good.
I’ve been a waiter and bartender in the past and its a thankless underpaid job. The uber-religious use this scheme constantly masquerade their cheapness as piety and leaving religious tracts instead of tips. If there wasn’t some degree of self-awareness attached to pulling that kind stunt, then people like the very godly Pastor Bell who demands that people get fired wouldn’t get so upset when their con is exposed.
Also much of the blame lies on Applebee’s and other restaurants that refuse to pay their waitstaff a living wage and pay the lest mandated by the Department of Labor $3.63/hr. When all is said and done the government assumes that waitstaff is tipped at 20% and takes 8% out of their wages. To tip only 10% of the bill, means, that the server is actually to PAYING for the customer to eat.
Stand up for Chelsea Welch, and let Applebee’s know they suck.
And as for Pastor Alois Bell. If you don’t want to tip go to McDonalds and enjoy your Dollar Value Menu meal.
Phone: 1.888.592.7753 – Mailing Address (aka keeping the USPS alive): Applebee’s Services, Inc. 8140 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64114