“I give God 10% why do you get 18,” wrote a pastor from St. Louis on an Applebee’s receipt, ostensibly protesting the restaurant’s 18% autogratuity for parties larger than six. Pastor Alois Bell’s Applebee’s receipt was uploaded on Reddit and the story spread across the Internet. The Applebee’s waitress was fired for sharing customer information.
The Applebee’s waitress told consumerist.com, “I’ve been stiffed on tips before…but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man has been used as reasoning. I am expected to portray a canned personality that has been found to be least offensive to the greatest amount of people … I come home exhausted, sore, burnt, dirty, and blistered on a good day. And after all that, I can be fired for ‘embarrassing’ someone who directly insults their server on religious grounds.” Applebee’s claimed its termination of the server was for violating the customer’s “right to privacy” and that “a meal check is private customer information which cannot be shared publicly.”