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Pastor Who Left Sanctimonious Tip Gets Waitress Fired from Applebee’s

After a copy of her Applebee's receipt began circulating online yesterday, Pastor Alois Bell of the St. Louis-based Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries phoned up the restaurant and asked to have everyone involved fired.

See the receipt!

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I never really thought of it like that.

Thank you for shedding some light on the root problem. Completely changed my perspective on this, and I will explain to the next pissed off fellow employee I come across.

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

I've never been a waiter,

But in my mind's eye I try on a lot of shoes. Your comments struck me as cogent and honest, so I borrowed your shoes for a bit. Umm.. I thought I should talk about the parasites I found.

I've found that silver works on parasites http://www.dailypaul.com/271982/new-look-at-thissilver-bulle...

This one was better IMO

Anything less that 15% and the IRS gets a bonus and the waiter gets robbed.

The kicker is that the customer gets blamed for the government's theft.

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Even better, is to tip in silver.

Of course, it helps to "explain" the tip, especially if it isn't a whole dollar or American Eagle. (if your bill is that high)


Because they only have to "claim" face value!!!!

And they can pay the tax on it with FRNS!

Odds are, yours will be the only tip like this they receive, but it will be a small gesture that can educate many, not make you an ass, and you're doing them a favor.

On top of it, they might be inclined to try to save it since it would be foolish to spend it or change it out.

I know if I ever got a silver tip (it happened once or twice) I did manage to save it, instead of drink it right after the shift along with the FRNs I just made.

Yes silver tips.

Wayne Paul talked about this and gave Court precedence for Silver US Coin.

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Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees

is $2.13 an hour, according to U.S. Department of Labor.


What's minimum wage for clergy?

"My Name is Blasphemed among the Heathen because of You"

Jesus Himself said that the worker is worthy of his wages (Matthew 10:10; Luke 10:7). Paul teaches the same thing in 1 Corinthians 9:6-14 and 1 Timothy 5:18.

Waiters and waitresses get treated like dirt so much of the time: often paid half the minimum wage, left with poor tips or even no tips, and forced to pay income tax on tips even if they haven't actually earned them. (Does anyone remember Ron Paul's "Tax-Free Tips Act" legislation that our Congress refused even to entertain?)

As a Christian who takes my Christianity seriously, I find the actions of both the "pastor" and Applebee's despicable. I intend to get in touch with her church and let her know what I think. I will also be getting in touch with Applebee's to let them know that their firing of Chelsea Welch has cost them at least one customer.

Ron Paul's "Tax-Free Tips Act"

I thought of that when someone asked why is this post was relevant.

Thanks for remembering the name for me.

Taxing tips is a crime against humanity.

Taxing for tips never received is outrageous. And unconstitutional 9 ways to Sunday not to mention unethical.

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Dear God

Please bring me another draft beer and a plate of nachos.

Michael Nystrom's picture

We're all human

Which is why we shouldn't fall victim to The Most Dangerous Superstition

(The most dangerous superstition being that anyone has authority over you. Woe to whoever would believe this kind of a person to somehow be morally superior to others, and therefore worthy of authority.)

Thanks to DPer dadooba for sending me this book, many years ago. Thanks man.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

Thanks for pointing out the book. I checked out a review and was reminded of Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development. He presented a scale. The first level is what we associate with children, with a motivation of not getting punished, for instance having been told in no uncertain terms, "Don't touch that stove!" An anecdote I recall: in the middle of the night, his wife in distress in labor, the husband got her and his daughter into the car and flew to the hospital. Still at that first stage, the young girl was distressed, too, crying, "Daddy, you can't go through red lights!" In any event, Kohlberg laid out six stages based on motivation. As an evaluation tool, the highest level was dropped from the scale, Stage 6, as it was felt that few actually achieved it - being motivated by "universal ethical principles." It's when you are "internally motivated," acting on what is right regardless of punishment, reward, law, contracts, social norms, etc. I found it interesting that the highest level was basically deemed unachievable. That's what it means to be truly free. Sad, huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Kohlberg's_stages_of_moral_development
P.S. It's this concept of helping children to develop into internally-motivated adults that Waldorf education is called Education Towards Freedom. (Note: "free-thinking children" does not equal "free-thinking adult." But that's a different story.)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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Yes we are. Indeed.

Yes we are.


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

deacon's picture

I once had a pastor

tell me to tip them well,as we never know if
they might be an angel in disguise

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

They are a messenger, in fact.

They will tell the chef, "Green tea, miso, an order of baked green mussels, a seaweed salad, and avocado salad, Dragon Roll, Hamachi and spicy scallops for desert, Please.

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deacon's picture

excellent perspective

nice way to see things
thank you

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

I learned it from Dad's actions.

He drives a hard bargain.
But he's good customer.
He brings his horticultural exploits
to the hospital.
He was waiting for his procedure
Mom and I were there sitting.
In comes the nurse to do her tasks
In his hospital gown
Dad asks, "Would you like to see my nuts."
He had brought a bag of heartnuts.
A kind of nut that is easy to grow
With a pleasant nutty flavor.
He explains what to do to make them grow,
Then offers her his stash.
Most people want to be kind.
Even if they forget how.
I found that I too, can make someones day.
The problem is remembering to do so.

Thanks Wayne, Peace.

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Silly story. As I take it,

Silly story. As I take it, it's all about strange sense of humor, indiscretion, reputation, and self esteem, especially on the pastor's end...

You've got to stay careful with what you write, and what that becomes, observably.

But... wait a minute.

Where was that pastor's wit shared on?

Was it on the customer copy?

Seems like it was on the restaurant's receipt...

Which belongs to... ?

Even pastors can get lessons:

are we living in times of outstandingly moral people?

Maybe the pastor is a bit naive.


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Tipping God

I think a waitress is more deserving of a tip than God anyway. However, if God came down here and cleaned up his filthy mess, took away all the toys from the evil doers and punished them accordingly instead of rewarding them with wealth and power then I would gladly tip Him. Probably with my life.
Until then though I will ignore Him like he ignores people like me, the working slaves.

Go and down-vote the crap out of this one. I'm just sick and tired of how the "elite" ride in the lap of luxury where the sun is always shining and us people who struggle to put food on the table are ground into the dirt relentlessly and eternally.

Sick of it!

(I guess I had a bad day)

Hey Archons', we are taking our planet back and there's nothing you can do about it!

Referencing your statement :"I'm just sick and tired of how the

"elite" ride in the lap of luxury where the sun is always shining and us people who struggle to put food on the table are ground into the dirt relentlessly and eternally."

Think of this: 18"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. - John 15

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

But their fall will be even

But their fall will be even greater and they will have an eternity to remember the luxury they enjoyed at the expense of those over whom they unjustly ruled. God will not be mocked. We will all stand before Him and be judged.


Nuttin' but an upvote from me!

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

I give God 10%

I bet that makes her so much more holier than thou huh? I hope this waitress spat in her food and gave her 10% more than what she gave the waitress. I bet CEO at Ruby Tuesdays and TGI Fridays are laughing their asses off!

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

Maybe the waitress ...

... should be able to pay no Social Security taxes like the clergy, and pay no income taxes like the church.



And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

I think both

the Pastor and Server are unworthy of any further comment.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

The server did not post the bill.

A friend saw an injustice and brought it into the light.

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Why has this industry been

Why has this industry been singled out and not made to pay the help?

Why isn't it this way at the DMV? If we don't like the service received while buying our car tags we simply don't tip them (so they earn $2.13 an hour). I bet they would find a way to get rid of that take a number deal! Why can't we do this for all government employee's?

Why has one business been allowed to not have to follow the same rules all othes follow?

If you want business employees as waitstaff, get self serve.

If you want better service, pay the waitress. Slip them a five or a silver quarter before you order. Gifts are tax free and not tracked by the IRS.

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It's actually great for the average American.

I make $1,000+ a week - cash. Legally. And I did not go to college.

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

Do you think your food would

Do you think your food would get to the table faster if the wait staff were paid a flat hourly amount? It's an honest question.

Okay then why not do the same

Okay then why not do the same for every service job in the world? From the front desk, clerks, slot Attendant, Cashier, and on and on.... they would all work faster and be nicer... Why does the Food service owner get away with paying nothing to the help? Why can't all business?

I can more than likely answer my own question... LOBBY!

Also to answer your question... You bet.... If I managed the place... If you can't handle the job a hundred people are in line....

Just wonder why they get a pass...

In my eyes we should have no minimum wage. The market will set wages and a minimum will keep some people from ever having work. Some people will never be worth $7.00. Yet at $3.00 they could have a job.