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Waitress Fired for Snapping Picture of Receipt

(CNN) — A restaurant receipt goes viral, costing a waitress her job.

If how much to tip leaves you stumped, wait till you hear the story of the waitress, the pastor, and the receipt.

“Not only made themselves out to kind of be a jerk, but also play the religion card as an excuse,” says Chelsea Welch.

Pastor Alois Bell was part of a party of 10 eating at an Applebee’s in St. Louis. The pastor did not appreciate the automatic 18 percent gratuity charged to large groups so she scrawled on the receipt “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18? And signed it ‘Pastor.”

That was too much for waitress Chelsea Welch who posted the receipt on the website Reddit.

Welch adds, “I took a picture of the note because I thought it was comically immature.”

But Pastor Bell wasn’t laughing once the receipt went viral and posters started calling her, “You hypocrite Pastor,” Bell recalls.

Now Chelsea wasn’t even the waitress serving that table. At the end of the night, she heard about the receipt from the actual server.

“The server calls me over and says you’re not gonna believe this,” Welch recalls.

The 18 percent gratuity was taken directly out of the Pastor’s credit card. She wrote 0 in the space for additional tip but says, “I put $6 on the table.”

When the “I give God 10 percent” receipt became news, the Pastor called Applebee’s to complain.

“…that they wanted me fired, the server fired, my manager fired….” Welch says.

Chelsea was fired, so now instead of worrying about getting tips, she could use some job hunting tips.

Applebee’s acknowledged Chelsea’s dismissal saying in a statement, “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.”

Meanwhile, the Pastor seems to have had a change of heart about writing the note. “It was a lapse in my judgment. I apologize for that,” says Bell.

“I am sorry I violated your privacy in posting your signature,” Welch says, noting “but you offended me. You offended me, offended your server.”

Bell says, “Would I ever do that again? No I would never do that again.”

[So what have you learned in all this?]

“I’ve learned not to be writing on no receipt,” Bell replies.

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