As the story goes, a St. Louis waitress named Chelsea Welch was handed a pink slip after she was caught throwing shade to a cheap customer on Reddit.com. An 18 percent gratuity was automatically added to the bill and the customer, Pastor Alos Bell, wasn’t too pleased that an extra $6.23 was added to her bill and scribbled out the gratuity replacing it with ‘I pay God 10%. Why do you get 18?”
Welch then took the receipt and posted it online with the snarky comment, “My mistake sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries.” The post became a viral sensation and Welch was let go from the restaurant chain, despite saying she wasn’t the waitress who actually received the tip.
Chelsea Welch said, “When I posted this, I didn’t represent Applebee’s in a bad light. In fact, I didn’t represent them at all. I did my best to protect the identity of all parties involved. I didn’t break any specific guidelines in the company handbook – I checked. “
“But because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, Applebee’s has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated employee than lose an angry customer. That’s a policy I can’t understand.”
A spokesperson for Applebee’s released a statement, “Our franchisee has apologized to the guest, and that the employee who posted the bill to Reddit is no longer employed by the franchise.”
In an interview with a local television station, Chelsea Welch admitted that maybe wasn’t the best thing to do. But should she have been fired for that or just written up or suspended? Let us know and check out the interview below.
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