There’s a good chance by now that you’ve heard about the pastor who didn’t like that she was charged an 18% gratuity on her bill at Applebee’s. She crossed out the tip, wrote in $0, and added, “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18%?”
My first thought on reading that was that the answer is simple. Even a bad server does infinitely more for you than a nonexistent god. Also, because that’s how people working their asses off get paid, and large groups are notoriously bad at basic bill addition, much less tax-and-tip math. An 18% tip is low.
The pastor, however, has managed to make things even worse. From The Smoking Gun:
The St. Louis pastor responsible for the credit card receipt heard ‘round the Internet termed her snide scribblings a “lapse in my character and judgment,” adding that the Applebee’s employee who posted the receipt online was fired yesterday after she lodged a complaint with restaurant managers.
In a TSG interview, Alois Bell said that the online firestorm created by the receipt has left her stunned. “My heart is really broken,” said the 37-year-old Bell. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”
Oh, Pastor Bell. Your poor church and ministry! This is devastating. They’re going to have to look for a job in a tight economy.
No, wait, that’s the server you decided should pay for complaining about your “lapse in character and judgment”. You’re the one who decided being a pastor gave you some sort of license to sneer at the people who serve you week after week, but you didn’t want to deal with that irony pushing the story around the internet, or as you put it, being “blown out of proportion.”
Yes, readers, that’s right. Bell’s interview tells us this wasn’t some kind of one-time misunderstanding about how tipping for groups works.
The January 25 meal came after an evening service at the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries church, said Bell, who added that five adults and five children were in the group that dined at Applebee’s (a traditional post-service destination for church members).
They go there all the time. They know how this works.
Pastor Bell also says she did tip.
Despite scratching out the tip added to the bill, Bell said that she left a $6 tip in cash, adding that she subsequently discovered the 18 percent gratuity had been charged to her credit card.
An 18% tip would have been $6.29. The pastor threw a godly, entitled snit over $0.29, assuming she did leave the $6.
At least the server got an extra $6 out of it, maybe. That should tide her through her job interviewing for all of a cheap meal or so. All because Pastor Alois Bell got embarrassed later rather than sooner. Correction: The server who posted the receipt was not the server who received the tip. However, Pastor Bell reportedly also tried to have that server fired, as well as other staff at the restaurant.
It’s what Jesus would have done, you know.