Not sure about all 50 states, but in California, it is standard practice on large parties to do an automatic tip usually for parties over 8. Personally I think that minimun number of people should be a little higher, and if you are a large single family
going out, it should not apply. I think the rule should not be clearly the number of people but the situation. Forinstance a birthday party (You are safe OT
) usually includes many parties of 1 or 2, splitting the bill up per, cakes or presents, etc. Or a holiday(safe again OT
) office party thing where a dozen or so are in the party. Those things take some level of extra service, so I am not against it. Many times parties of 8 should not be held to the steadfast rule.
As it turns out, the waitress, was not the person waiting on the table, that person showed the reciept in question, and a waitress unrelated to waiting on it, posted it along with another comment, "Jesus does not pay my rent or buy my groceries". The Pastor was a lady Pastor, who now regrets writing it on the reciept.
I think what you are talking about OT is the misuse of airing your feelings and using the internet. If the waitress did show the signature, or Applebees logo and flaunted that all over the internet, I agree that is termination justified. She signed a privacy agreement when hired. She lost a valuable job, and this will also follow her, so she really did hurt herself, and will pay a high price for it, in job applications of the future. I worked in the retail business for 12 years as a service manager, and you have to develop a tough hide to deal daily with the public, and let it roll off you. This waitress, unfortunately reacted without thinking, and this is why Facebook and twitter, has become a tool for abuse, and now people are paying for it. Sad part, it was not even her table or tip.
Turn about is only fair, and if this Pastor is accountable to a higher level of his particular church, he should be equally chastised and maybe even fired for her behavior, unbecoming an ordained Minister. Unless she was born under a rock, the menu states this, and I think just about everyone knows these are standard policies today, plus it was not the waitress who made the policy, nor programmed the computers to apply it. All the waitress did was wait on the table and do her job, and the Pastor instigated and provoked her with a level of nastyness, taking her trouble out on the help and not where he should have. She should have demanded talking to the manager on the spot, and not take it out of employees, only doing what they are told to do. Most places have complaint cards you can fill out, but they end up in the trash. If anyone did the wrong thing, in the first place, it was the Pastor, or so called Pastor.
One has to question the mindset of someone who claims to be a man of God, than proceeds to treat a waitress like a someone beneath themself. The Pastor also took the premise with her nastyness, the waitress was someone who has no Faith of her own. How dare she,she does not even know the Waitress, yet he just invoked a statement, intended to question her belief in God or Scripture, because of an Applebees's policy.
If the waitress got fired, so should the Pastor.