Waitress fired for posting pastor's note about tips online

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Waitress fired for posting pastor's note about tips online
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 11:48am

An Applebee's waitress recently got fired for posting a note online from a pastor who wrote to her on a receipt. According to Yahoo news the note stated: "I give God 10%," Bell wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip and scribbling in an emphatic "0" where the additional tip would be. "Why do you get 18?" (There were more than eight people in Bell's party, triggering the auto-tip.) read more

The Pastor claimed it ruined her reputation. The waitress insisted she did nothing wrong. What do you think?

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Registered: 06-25-2008

Personally I don't feel sorry for either one of them. The pastor's note seemed sarcastic and rude and those aren't qualities most people admire in pastors. And how dumb of the waitress to think it was okay to share something like that (complete with the signature ) with the public.

How many times are people going to get fired or have their reputation ruined by social networking before they start to wise up and use some sense? A good rule of thumb I think people need to understand for the times we live in: If you don't want it shared with the world, don't write it.  Also, don't share anything you do,see, or hear at work with the rest of the world unless you are prepared to have your firing announced to the rest of the world.


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Registered: 11-14-2008

Personally, I think the minister is only embarrassed because it went viral. She didn't seem to be too worried about hurting the feelings of a hard working employee when she wrote that snotty note; she made an active choice to do what she did. If her reputation was ruined, it was ruined by writing the note, not by it being made viral.

As for Applebee's firing the waitress... shame on them! I don't think she did anything wrong. All and all, I think the pastor's reputation is only going to be hurt more by this type of reprimand.

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Registered: 01-21-2011

It's a shame that someone who should be compassionate was not, and it's a bigger shame that the waitress didn't know better than to put too much information out there for the world to see. Social media is tempting, but there are laws and protections that are broken every day. Unfortunately, the waitress learned this the hard way.

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