Here is the scoop. Last week, a large group ate at an Applebee’s in St. Louis. As per restaurant policy and as noted on the menu, whenever a group of eight or more people eat at the restaurant, an automatic 18% tip for the waiting staff is added to the bill. One of the people in the party crossed out the 18% tip on her receipt, and wrote a note saying, “I give God 10% Why do you get 18%?”, and then signed her name, giving her title as “Pastor”. The waitress was justifiably upset, so she showed it to another waitress, who took a photo of it and posted it (with the customer’s identification cropped out) on Reddit’s Atheist page. The photo of the receipt went viral, and now the waitress who posted it, Chelsea Welch, has been fired.
Here is the full receipt (which includes the customer’s name):
I have heard of other “Christians” who somehow think that this kind of behavior is appropriate. However, the waitress in question is making $3 an hour (the law allows a lower minimum wage for waiters who receive tips), so unless there was something dreadfully wrong with the service (and by all accounts, the service was fine), there was no excuse for this kind of behavior. It just brings our faith into disrepute and makes people hate Christians and Christianity.
What did Jesus say?
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Matthew 23: 23.
(H/t The Consumerist)