While she does admit leaving the note at a St. Louis Applebee’s displayed poor judgement on her part, the pastor, who has only identified herself as Pastor Bell, came forward to KTVI to clear up the matter, saying she did actually end up leaving a tip.
“What (the photo) doesn’t show is the money that I left and that we all left on the table,” Bell told the T.V. station.
Bell claims she left $6.29 on the table — the same amount that was scribbled out on the receipt — and that her credit card was also charged with an additional $6.29. Bell said everyone else at her table also left tips in cash.
I don’t believe a word of it. Here’s why:
Some time on Wednesday, Chelsea says the customer who had left the receipt contacted her Applebee’s location, demanding that everyone be fired, from the servers involved to the managers.
“But because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, Applebee’s has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated employee than lose an angry customer. That’s a policy I can’t understand.”
“If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone,” she points out. “It’s strange to me that now that the audience is wider than just the server, the person is now ashamed.”