The incident first occurred when Pastor Bell refused to pay an 18% tip per Applebee 8-party or larger policy. Rather than pay the tip, she graciously crossed it out, added "Pastor" to her name, and declared, "I give God 10% why do you get 18"?:
Now, a purveyor of God's love to mankind might have taken into account that Applebee's pays its employees less than minimum wage, and tips are what puts food in a server's mouth. As the waitress involved explains it:
“We make $3.50 an hour. Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make,” she explains. “After sharing my tips with hosts, bussers, and bartenders, I make less than $9/hr on average, before taxes."
|Pastor Alois Bell|
Upon discovering that her Ebenezer-Scrooge-meets-Mr.-Brocklehurst behavior made the rounds on the internet, the good Pastor showed exactly the type of Christian charity and love that one might expect: she demanded firings.
After a copy of her Applebee's receipt began circulating online yesterday, Pastor Alois Bell of the St. Louis-based Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries phoned up the restaurant and asked to have everyone involved fired.While privately demanding that everyone and their mother be fired, in interviews Pastor Bell has called the incident a "lapse in my character and judgment" that "has been blown out of proportion. "My heart is really broken," she says. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry."
I'll not disagree with that...but it appears to be less of a "lapse" and more of a "pattern" of distinctly un-"Christ-like" behavior with the good pastor.