Waitress fired for client's note

Posted By: Associated Press · 2/1/2013 3:21:00 PM

The note at the top of a restaurant receipt reads simply, "I give God 10%, why do you get 18?"

The scribbled comment left at a St. Louis Applebee's set off viral mayhem. The waitress who posted it online was fired, and the customer who wrote it vilified.

The customer who described herself on the receipt as a pastor shared appetizers with eight or nine friends on Jan. 25. The group was large enough that an automatic 18 per cent tip was added to the bill.

The customer paid the tip, but the snarky note prompted another waitress to post a photo of the receipt on the website Reddit. She was fired.

Applebee's President Mike Archer said Friday that customers deserve privacy and the note violated the company's social media policy.

Photo: Reddit

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  1. Michael C posted on 02/01/2013 04:34 PM
    Firing the waitress may have gone too far, but the real comment I would make is that tipping should always be at the discretion of the customer, no matter how large the group. Tipping is based on the quality of the service and should never be considered automatic
  2. Nicolas posted on 02/01/2013 11:47 PM
    Lol the best part is Applebees then posted another bill with someone who was thanking them for their great service.. lmao hypocrites will be being sued soon..
  3. Barbara Broughm posted on 02/02/2013 10:42 AM
    Hello I am a Christian.....and I am so annoyed with the person who put that there.First of all that person should just keep their 10%..because God does not need their cheep contribution! Also if they had any idea about God they would know that God is love, and he loves and cares for people!!!!HELLO 10% person!!!!!God loves the waitress and would give her a lot more than 18%!!! as a mater of a fact HE GAVE HIS SON! I think you should go ask the Lord what he thinks of what you did! Then when you get the answer I am so sure He is going to give you, You should go back to the restaurant and ask that waitress to forgive you for your thoughtlessness!!! You call yourself a pastor well i hope I never have the misfortune of sitting under your teaching!!!!You provoked a situation that got a person fired!!!!WOW that is exactly what Jesus would have done Right!!!!! i am so tired of people calling themselves Christians and they have no LOVE no COMPASSION!( acting more like the devil then the God you supposedly serve) you make the rest of us look bad , it is no wonder people want nothing the do with Christians the church and God.I'm not perfect by no means and i don't always behave as I should,but I know the God I serve is a loving God and that was mean spirited and not like Him at all. Your fortunate that Applebee's seems to have taken your side I suppose you feel justified? Pastor who ever you are, I pray you do the right thing! I apologize on behalf of Christians who understand that we are suppose to represent God's unfailing love.....people please understand that we are all just human please don't judge God based on human beings....God does not want us to judge people, shoot elected officials or celebrities, hold up sign of hate at gay functions or abortion clinics . John 3:3 For God so LOVED the WORLD that He gave His only Son!!! To anyone reading this please don't judge all Christians by the the sometimes cruel hateful actions of someone who claims to be a Christian.
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