Alois Bell is these three things: A pastor at her local St. Louis church, an Applebee’s customer and a reluctant tipper. And thanks to a waitress with attitude and a camera, the triad collided into a public firestorm that Ms. Bell says has ruined her reputation.
I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry
Ms. Bell, it seems, resented that Applebee’s automatically charged her more for gratuity than she tithes to her own church, writing on her receipt after a Jan. 25 dinner, “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?”
Chelsea Welch, who did not serve Ms. Bell’s group but saw the receipt, posted a picture of the bill to popular user-generated site, Reddit, earlier this week thinking the woman’s signature was illegible. The scribble did, in fact, prove identifiable, and after the picture went viral, Ms. Bell told alternative site TheSmokingGun.com that she received a call…
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