A St. Louis pastor is apologizing after she left a rude comment on a receipt at an Applebee’s location where she recently dined.
Pastor Alois Bell had dinner at Applebee's Saturday following an evening service at the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church.
Her party of 10 that included five adults and five children received individual receipts; upon noticing that her bill indicated that an 18 percent tip should be given, she wrote on the receipt, “I give God 10% why do you get 18,” in addition to writing "zero" in the tip section.
According to Bell, she left a cash tip of $6 and later discovered that the 18 percent gratuity was charged to her credit card.
The receipt went viral Wednesday when the waitress who received it shared it on social media website Reddit. Since then, several news sources have reported on the story.
Bell spoke with the Smoking Gun and described her actions as a “lapse in judgment that has been blown out of proportion.”
She told the website that after a friend called her and said that her receipt was “all over Yahoo. You went viral!” she contacted the Applebee’s restaurant to complain because her name was clearly visible.
Bell detailed that in a follow-up conversation with an Applebee’s manager, she learned that the waitress was “immediately terminated.”
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.