Ken H. Posted February 1, 2013 Share Posted February 1, 2013 So anyone been following the “God Receipt”, Pastor (Alois Bell of Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church St. Louis, MO), Applebee’s story? It’s easy to find of course, but in a nutshell - Pastor goes to an Applebee’s with a group of 11, automatic 18% group gratuity is added to the bill, Bell on her portion zeros it out and writes on receipt, “I give 10% to God, why do you get 18”. Server post it on Reddit, pastor calls Applebee’s complaining she’s been embarrassed, Applebee’s fires server. So who’s in the wrong here? The Pastor? My vote – yes, big time. The most charitable thing I can think of to say about her is she is a Christian that has seriously lost her calling in a major, major way. It’s also worth noting she has issued an apology. Not for what she did, but that she, “brought embarrassment to her church and ministry.” And said that the incident, “had been blown out of proportion.” She needs to resign, personally take it upon her shoulders to help rebuild this person’s life, for oh say, a couple of decades, and when she isn’t doing that spend 100% of the rest of the time doing some serious introspective soul searching as to what meaning she brings to the world. The Server who posted the receipt? (Some versions of the story say she wasn’t the actual server to the party.) I can understand her anger and outrage, but should she have posted it publicly? My vote – she’s culpable to some extent, vengeance is never a good thing. But it’s also worth noting that based on some reports, unlike some organizations, Applebee’s doesn’t have a policy prohibiting employee’s from posting about the company in public forums. Applebee’s for firing her? My vote – I think their action is despicable. They are saying, “the sever violated a guest’s privacy.” However the post on Reddit did not include any identify info (nor the signature) of who Bell was. It was actually one of her own congregation (assumed to have been in the group) was who first made the connection and went public with Bell’s ID. They should at the very least give her her job back without record or prejudice. Boycott Applebee’s! We have for a long time anyway because of their biased hiring practices (a disproportionally small % of their employees are members of a visible minority) and refusal to do food ingredients disclosure (by hiding behind a smoke screen of “trade secrets”). Your thoughts? Link to comment
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