“I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?” wrote a pastor named Alois Bell on an Applebee’s receipt when an auto-gratuity was added to her bill, because there were more than eight people in her party. She scratched out the auto-tip and wrote a zero. Finding the comments both “insulting” and “comical” the waitress, Chelsea Welch, posted the receipt online, saying she thought it would be entertaining to other servers. She was subsequently fired after Bell complained about the posting to Welch’s manager.
“I had no intention of starting a witch hunt or hurting anyone. I just wanted to share a picture I found interesting,” said Welch, as reported by Yahoo. “I come home exhausted, sore, burnt, dirty and blistered on a good day. And after all that, I can be fired for ‘embarrassing’ someone who directly insults their server on religious grounds.”
There’s no doubt about it, servers have to put up with a lot. This incident is just one example of the disrespectful treatment they must endure on a regular basis.
Bell refers to the message she left on the receipt as “a lapse in my character and judgment.” She said that she did not expect her signature to be, as she was told by a friend, “all over Yahoo.” Bell talked about being heartbroken and said, “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”
Welch doesn’t believe that Bell is embarrassed, remarking that she “obviously” wanted someone to see the note.
The Huffington Post quoted an email from Applebee’s that said, “Our Guests’ personal information – including their meal check – is private, and neither Applebee’s nor its franchisees have a right to share this information publicly.”
Some people would say that Welch went too far, posting the receipt online, and that she violated Bell’s privacy. However, it is unlikely that many servers are among Welch’s critics.