So unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about the Applebees waitress who was fired after posting to Reddit a receipt left by a customer who refused to tip. The customer also left this little note, confusing tipping with tithing: "I give god 10%. Why should you get 18?" The waitress was fired after the customer's name was found to be less illegible than initially thought. Never underestimate the power of Google almighty.
I'm with pretty much everyone on this: she shouldn't have been fired. Period. Waitstaff depend on tips to make ends meet, and the god comment is just another in a long list of religious people (the customer was a pastor) thinking themselves above reproach as long as god is part of the equation. If you can't afford the tip -- which is understandable -- leaving a note saying that you appreciated the service but can't tip is a nice gesture. (I don't eat at Applebees, so I don't know if tipping is mandatory.) A living wage where waitstaff isn't dependent on tips is an even better idea.
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