Thursday, January 31, 2013

Picture of the Day



Posted to Reddit by an Applebee's waitress named Chelsea who has since been fired for doing so.

The receipt was apparently signed by a local pastor who, as you can see, removed the included tip and wrote, "I give God 10%, why do you get 18?"

The original title that went with the Reddit post read, "My mistake sir, I'm sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries," which is pretty good.

My comment would've been more like, "Because I actually exist and was able to take care of you."

I have no doubt that Chelsea, as a budding internet sensation whom many already believe was unjustly canned, will be the beneficiary of a massive Kickstarter campaign or something like that, inadvertently making her just as insufferable as the asshole who took away her tip. But for now, she's got my sympathies. Besides, once people figure out who the pastor is and begin personally bombarding him with the abuse he deserves, it will all have been worth it.

Instant Update: That took no time at all. The pastor is 37-year-old Alois Bell of St. Louis -- he's a she, not a him, by the way -- and she's now apologizing and kind of groveling for forgiveness from an entity even mightier than God: the internet. "My heart is really broken," she says. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.” She goes on to say that the stiffing was a lapse in her usually good judgment. By the way, Bell was the one who called Applebee's and got Chelsea fired when she saw the receipt online.

8 comments:

Drew said...

I can understand not liking the tip automatically added to the bill. *I* hate that.

What the pastor did was just fucking mean. And then to have the person fired...wow...gotta love that forgivness and understanding that Christ spoke about.

I hope the pastor is genuinly apologetic and agrees that she really was kinda douchy. I like to give the benefit of the doubt.

Anonymous said...

Actually the waitress may be protected - employers' blanket policies may be limited:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/technology/employers-social-media-policies-come-under-regulatory-scrutiny.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Dan said...

I keep hearing from my conservative friends that we should just let charity/churches take care of people. But if a pastor can't be bothered to tip someone who actually provided a service for them, it makes me wonder how generous they'd be to people who have nothing to offer...

Anonymous said...

The 10% the pastor was referring to actually pertained to how much of her attitude is dedicated to Christian ideals -- not her tithing.

[/snark]

littlebitoffeisty said...

Anon~ I heard on the news the server was fired for publishing a patrons personal information. She may not have any recourse...

TheReaperD said...

This is the reason that people are leaving churches en mass. Self-important assholes that run the churches that believe they are above reproach, public approval and these little things called laws. This event is just a small example of the kind of ethical rot in these people. What's sad about this is there are good people in church who don't spew hate and try to do good for their communities but, they get drowned out by priest child abuse scandals, political corruption and shit like this.

Disclosure: I myself have never cared for the church and feel the the institutions should loose their clout or be done away with entirely. But, I've tried to recognize the good that some of the individual members try to accomplish.

Claude Weaver said...

Once again, Gandhi's line about Christians gets proven.

The guy this pastor professes to follow was willing to use expensive oils to wash the tired, smelly feet of his followers. An 18% tip would be like child's play.

And really, taking religion out of it, being snippy and condescending to a person who...

a) works a job that pays so low they HAVE to get tips and

b) HAS TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR FOOD BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH

...is elegant in its stupidity.

Funnily enough, Chez, you ended up with your post on ridiculous online outrage coming after two arguably more legitimate examples of online outrage.

How fitting.

cashlock said...

It has been my experience when dealing with clergy or any self annointed "christian" who leads the conversation by claiming their christianity-- better hide your wallet.