Oversharing Waitress Fired by Applebee’s After Pastor Complains
The Applebee’s waitress who made the news just days ago for posting what many believed to be a humorous and outrageous receipt on Reddit, has been fired by the franchise. Chelsea Welch posted the now infamous receipt with a note scrawled on the bottom by a pastor opposed to paying an automatic 18% gratuity.
“I give God 10%,” Alois Bell wrote, “Why do you get 18?” (news.yahoo.com)
The 18% automatic gratuity, common for parties of eight or more was scratched out and a “0” was written in on the line for the additional tip. Clearly, the pastor intended on leaving nothing for the waitress for their service.
Welch, who does not appear to have been the group’s server, took a picture of the receipt and uploaded it to Reddit where Bell’s friend saw it and informed the pastor that it was “all over Yahoo. You went viral!” (news.yahoo.com)
Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church, claims the note was “a lapse in my character and judgment”; however, she goes on to comment she did not believe her signature would be so easy to recognize. “My heart is really broken,” Bell added. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.” (news.yahoo.com)
The pastor complained to Welch’s manager at Applebee’s and the waitress was fired. A spokesman for the franchise confirmed they have apologized to Bell for the violation of her privacy and confirmed Welch is no longer an employee.
Welch’s response to the firing is as misguided as her decision to post the receipt; in an email to Yahoo News, she writes that she was surprised she was fired by Applebee’s, “especially because there was nothing specific in the employee handbook admonishing this behavior.” (news.yahoo.com)
The terminated employee continues, explaining how she thought others would find it funny and entertaining; still, she thought the note was insulting but also comical, defending her right to post the receipt. She also explained that Bell told her manager that the incident had “ruined her reputation.
However, Welch does not believe Bell is very ashamed by what happened, claiming the pastor obviously wanted someone to see the note, “I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning.” (news.yahoo.com)
Like so many others, Welch is under the foolish notion that every minute nuance of life must be shared via the internet with the world. She believes each time something annoys, excites, entertains, or bewilders us; it becomes newsworthy or cringe worthy and must therefore be downloaded and saved in perpetuity for the masses to enjoy.
Still, there is a time and a place, and when you are employed, everything you do there is a reflection on your employer. If you complain about a customer within earshot of said customer, or even another customer, it reflects poorly on you and the business; and in this technological age, that extends to the internet.
As for Bell’s right to privacy, the same technology that bit Welch in the behind applies to her; one can only imagine what right she believed she could have had when she left a message like that on a receipt that would have been seen by so many people. The server would have seen it, the person accounting for receipts at the end of the night, managers, accountants, tax people possibly, the possibilities are endless. If Bell was embarrassed, it was because she was caught; as she stated, she did not know her signature would be so easily recognized.
The internet has opened up a myriad of possibilities for us to share pertinent and intelligent information, and we choose to overshare junk; and then point fingers and assign blame. In this case, nobody wins.