Holier-Than-Thou Pastor Refuses to Tip Waitress & Then Gets Her Fired

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woman paying tip cashPastor Alois Bell of the St. Louis-based Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries should probably be feeling prettty sheepish today. Last Friday, after evening services, Bell and her congregation headed to Applebee's for dinner as they did on many nights. But when she got the bill, she chose to stiff her waitress named Chelsea Welch the automatic 18 percent gratuity (for parties of eight or more -- a standard practice at MOST restaurants), writing on their receipt, "I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18?" She then crossed out the tip line and wrote a big fat "0" with a diagonal line through it. Whoa!

That's when, understandably peeved and also amused, Welch decided to post the receipt on Reddit, where it spread like wildfire ...

It's not like Bell's identity was made perfectly clear by the receipt, but somehow the web figured out who she was, and she's even spoken to The Smoking Gun about what happened. She said:

My heart is really broken. I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.

Uh, yeah, I'd say so! Can you imagine ... It's bad enough to throw a hissy about not leaving a tip, but then to hide behind your religion? And making it like somehow that has to do with refusing to be an upstanding patron and giving the poor waitress her due? So nuts!

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Although it sounds like Bell's fully ashamed of what she did, and she says it was a "lapse in my character and judgment" that "has been blown out of proportion," she must not feel THAT sorry and it must not have been that momentary a "lapse." Because she actually called the restaurant and asked to have everyone involved fired! So, today, Welch is out of a job. Yep, for real.

So, no matter what she says, this pastor will definitely land a historical spot in the Internet Hall of Shame. Refusing to tip is one thing, but using your religion an excuse to be cheap and selfish, and on top of that, getting someone with a minimum wage gig FIRED is anything but "godly."

How crazy/horrible/ridiculous is this?! How do you feel about the automatic 18 percent tip on parties of 6-8 or more?


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jkm89 jkm89

Wretched bitch.

nonmember avatar ChristianMom

If I was a member of her church, I would be gone immediately. How horrible for her represent herself as a woman of God and then behave that way. She should be ashamed, and fired.

bleed... bleedingheart8D

Just another person calling themselves a "Christian" and being nothing close to Christ-like.  

rhps2000 rhps2000

I think it should be automatic when the poor server has so many to take care of. That pastor was being a jerk! I don't think she tried the old What would Jesus do question when she got that girl fired.

kelti... kelticmom

It's "pastors" like this that make Christianity look bad. And the people who leave religious tracts instead of tips, especially the ones that look like money. Disgusting. God is ashamed of her.

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

jkm89: couldn't have put it better myself :)

LeeshaE LeeshaE

guarentee if shows her face in that applesbees again someone's gonna mess with her food. servers do not forget this kind of behavior.

nonmember avatar Angelica


Like that are why in proud to say I'm atheist. WTF is wrong with some people!

jhslove jhslove

That's some pretty un-Christian behavior, if you ask me.......what a horrible, selfish, mean-spirited woman. Definitely not someone I would be interested in taking any kind of spiritual guidance from.

bella... bellacazzate

As a pastor, shouldn't she be giving God 100%? By that logic an 18% gratuity should seem miniscule. 

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