Applebee's Fires Waitress Posting Pastor's Tip Complaint Updated

The customer complained when he saw his signature posted online

Yesterday, I reported that someone uploaded a photo of a receipt on Reddit, in which a complaint was written down.

The receipt, posted above, includes a message allegedly written by a pastor. It appears that, as it went viral, the waitress that uploaded the receipt online lost her job. She tells Consumerist that her name is Chelsea, and she is a former employee at Applebee's.

“I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. [...] I posted it to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining,” she explains.

“I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man has been used as reasoning. [...] If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone… It’s strange to me that now that the audience is wider than just the server, the person is now ashamed,” she comments.

In her original post, Chelsea included a signature of the mystery “pastor,” fueling Redditors' imagination, who tried to identify him. Applebee’s received a complaint from him about having his name plastered online, and the company decided to terminate the waitress.

Do you think that restaurant chain owners were in the right letting go of Chelsea? Don't forget to leave your opinion in the comments section below.

[Update, February 8 2013]: The blog post above erroneously states that the pastor mentioning God on an Applebee's receipt is a man. An investigation has revealed that Alois Bell is a female pastor. According to Patheos, she heads the World Deliverance Ministries Church in St. Louis.

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