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    Default Waitress Fired for posting note on receipt

    Did she deserve to be fired?

    A waitress who posted a receipt with a note from a pastor complaining about the automatic gratuity added to her bill has reportedly been fired from her job.

    Chelsea Welch, who was terminated from her job at a St. Louis-area Applebee?s on Wednesday, told Consumerist.com that she posted the note from Alois Bell as a ?lighthearted joke? and had no clue the story would end up going viral.

    ?I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical,? she told the website. ?I posted it to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining.?

    Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church, scratched out the automatic 18 percent tip (for parties of more than eight) and wrote a ?0? where the additional tip would be indicated.

    ?I give God 10%,? Bell wrote. ?Why do you get 18??

    Bell, a mother of three who heads a 15-member congregation, later called Welch?s manager to complain that her snide note was publicized, ultimately resulting in the waitress' firing.

    ?[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,? Bell told the Smoking Gun. ?My heart is really broken ? I?ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.?

    An Applebee?s spokesman told Consumerist.com that the company apologized to Bell for violating her ?right to privacy? and confirmed that Welch is no longer employed by the franchise.

    ?I am expected to portray a canned personality that has been found to be least offensive to the greatest amount of people,? Welch told the website. ?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.?

    Welch added: ?I?ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I?ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning."

    Now without a job, Welch said she?ll focus on finding another gig so she can pay for college.

    ?In the meantime, hopefully I can find a job that pays more than $3.50/hr,? she told Consumerist. ?Or where people are willing to tip well.?

    A Facebook page called "HIRE BACK Chelsea" has since been created in support of Welch. As of midday Friday, more than 4,500 visitors backed Welch, including some who indicated they will boycott Applebee's.
    Read more: Waitress fired after posting receipt showing pastor's complaint about tip | Fox News
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    Oh, you beat me to it! I don't think she should have been fired. Seriously, if you're going to stiff your server after you bring in a party of eight, you deserve to be publicly humiliated.
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    Wait. So there's a religious argument that isn't supported by Fox news?

    Just because she crossed out the automatic gratuity and wrote $0 doesn't mean she didn't tip. Or the other people in her party didn't tip.

    But yes, she deserves to be fired for posting a picture of the receipt with the person's signature on the receipt. I would expect the same if I was the one whose signature was suddenly all over the Internet.

    As for automatice gratuities-I hate, hate, hate the idea that this is acceptable practice.

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    As you all know I think you should be able to be fired for whatever reason. That said, I still think she could have been fired if she posted the persons name.

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    I think Applebees had the right to fire her, but I don't think they should have. Maybe put the complaint in her employee file or something, but it seems a little extreme to fire her for this one thing.
    As for the pastor, as embarrassing as it was to her that she wrote the note in the first place, she should be even more embarassed now that she got someone fired because of something that SHE did. How does this not bring even MORE embarrassment to her church and ministry for the way she is acting?
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    Gloria, one's signature is something you do have the right to privacy under FOIA requests. It can be used for all sorts of reasons. Would it be better for Applebee's if they were sued for this?

    I would in no way feel embarrassed by this - getting someone fired for posting my signature online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    Gloria, one's signature is something you do have the right to privacy under FOIA requests. It can be used for all sorts of reasons. Would it be better for Applebee's if they were sued for this?

    I would in no way feel embarrassed by this - getting someone fired for posting my signature online.
    I would. It was a mistake to post the signature but it was removed as soon as she realized it could be read. All getting her fired did was bring more publicity to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I would. It was a mistake to post the signature but it was removed as soon as she realized it could be read. All getting her fired did was bring more publicity to it.
    No it wasn't.

    I won't post the link here but google it; it's still there.

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    The Pastor did not fire her, her boss did. Say you had a hair in your food and you called to complain. The person who was responsible was fired, is it your fault that person was fired?

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    Yeah, I agree that you can't post someone's signature/credit card receipts online, which is what makes it justifiable to me that she was disciplined in some way. Identity theft issues and whatnot. Having said that, I totally think that the Pastor was the original jerk in this scenario, and too bad if she's embarrassed. How about don't do stuff that you're going to be embarrassed about if people find out, you know?
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