Daily Mail – An Applebee’s waitress has been fired after a bizarre handwritten note from an annoyed customer turned into the latest internet sensation.
The waitress in St Louis, Missouri, identified as Chelsea Welch, was shown the door two days after she posted the passive aggressive memo on the popular site Reddit.com. Next to the line indicating that an 18 per cent tip had been automatically added to the bill, the customer, a local pastor, crossed out the tip total, replaced it with a ‘zero’ and wrote: ‘I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?’ She then signed the bill ‘Pastor Alois Bell.’
Befuddled, Ms Welch posted a photo of the bill on Reddit with the headline: ‘My mistake sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries.’
Ms Welch said she was not the waitress who received the note, and posted it on behalf of a fellow Applebee’s worker. But as the posting took on a life of its own on the internet this week, Ms Welch was fired. She said that she’s a dedicated employee and was shocked to hear the news.
Ms Welch told The Consumerist: ‘When I posted this, I didn’t represent Applebee’s in a bad light. In fact, I didn’t represent them at all. I did my best to protect the identity of all parties involved. I didn’t break any specific guidelines in the company handbook – I checked.
She went on: ‘But because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, Applebee’s has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated employee than lose an angry customer. That’s a policy I can’t understand.’
In a statement to The Smoking Gun, Applebee’s spokesman Dan Smith said: ‘Our franchisee has apologized to the guest,’ and that the employee who posted the bill to Reddit ‘is no longer employed by the franchise.’
I legitimately hate the world for reasons like this. Cant stand politically correct cry babies. Remember yesterday when I posted about the dick pastor who stiffed the waiter? Well a fellow co-worker was the one responsible for posting the receipt and story on Reddit. And now they’ve been fired. Thats the world we live in today. A place of business would rather lose an employee than have a customer- one who disrespected one of its employees- be upset with their business. Its all about image nowadays. Heaven forbid Applebee’s has an employee who speaks their mind and speaks out about a customer disrespecting a fellow co-worker. Nope. Cant have that happen. No one is supposed to go around speaking their mind. Thats a law nowadays. You’re just supposed to sit back, take it for what it is and then pretend like it never happened. Leaving the door open for other customers to come in and do the exact same thing to other workers.
Its a shame too, because Chelsea didnt say anything negative about Applebees, or even the customer. All she did was post a picture of the receipt that the customer willingly wrote out. Wasnt like he was ashamed or didnt want anyone to see it. He knew people were going to see it and he did it anyways. Thats on him. Dont want people thinking youre a dickhead, bro, dont go acting like a dickhead. Ive accepted the fact that Im an asshole, that Im a dickhead. I live with it. I make it a part of me, like a cape of sorts. Sometimes you just have to run with it. Fuck apologizing to the guest. He should apologize to the waiter. He should do is go into Applebee’s, tell management “Im an asshole for writing that receipt and Chelsea doesnt deserve to get fired. I spoke to God last night and he said she should get her job back, and here’s the 18% I owe her.”
Fuck Pastor Alois Bell. Pissin’ me off to the max.