February 01, 2013
This is yet another reason to NEVER eat at Applebee’s. Waitstaff do not make enough money. It is assumed that they will earn additional money through tips. Even our laws are structured around this, and waitstaff are paid less than minimum wage often and required to report their tips in their income tax. I would think a pastor would at least be aware of that. It’s sad, too, that churches don’t have to pay taxes, so this pastor, due to their eight person party, triggered an automatic tip, which they crossed out. They left zero as a tip. The waitress posted part of the receipt to Reddit. It went viral. The pastor complained that their reputation had been ruined. Applebee’s fired the waitress.
Shitty restaurant, bad management, asshole pastor, and unemployed waitress. Let’s see, who garners my sympathy more?
I do not enjoy some amazing tax free status, and yet I always tip 20%, 25% if I think the service was great or they went out of their way to do something for me and my family. As a result, I always get remembered by waiters and waitresses and I get consistently awesome service. Don’t forget, these people have to have good memories to do their jobs, so there’s a good chance you will be remembered if you’re a skinflint or generous.
Also, it was only a $6.29 auto-tip? For pete’s sakes, pay it! Someone lost a job over someone else’s being a contentious, snubby, holier-than-thou little shit? I hope they go to hell, and I hope they have to wait tables to earn their way out.
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