No, when you act on behalf of your company/employer, that imposes restrictions. If you did it and blacked out the company and other personal information, it would have been less inappropriate.
Sure the pastor was an idiot, and obnoxious, and should be ridiculed for taking religious stuff out to beat a waitress up and not tip (one could argue ridiculed for being a pastor in the first place too, but no need ot go that far>). The irony of the moral majority acting like a jackass is always with us...what a waste of humanity.
The relevant thing IMO is she's acting on behalf of a major corporation and making headlines. No one here seriously believes that does not come with very serious restrictions and consequences as a result of behavior. I might help that girl get a job or re-hire her later, but I still might fire her. Were I a small mom/pop, I might just reprimand/suspend her, the damage is far less widespread. You should see the relationship here between "big corporation rules" and big government rules. It has to cater to the lowest common denominator. If it were a small shop, it's got a lot more flexibility.
As to eating there, places like Chilis and Applebees in my experience have terrible food and atrocious service. Most of our eating out now is ethnic (med, thai, viet, indian, etc.) family owned where food is fresh and service is...family, or the local gems that earn a reputation for good food and good service. We're a bit spoiled though with some of the highest food/capita, we can be more picky.
I see nothing wrong with the pastor, he complained about a charge he thinks is unjust. People do that all the time
The waitress should be fired as well, she posted his personal info.
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Dealing with boorish customers is part and parcel of a service job. If you can't effectively do it and if you can't let childish bull**** like what the pastor did roll off your back you shouldn't work directly with customers. There was no need to do what the employee did. It potentially harms her employer's reputation and business which she has a responsibility to protect.
When are folks going to learn to stop posting their ****ing business on the internet?
I would have fired her too, total idiot. That pastor was in the wrong too, but that's besides the point. The waitress dropped the ball posting something like that on the internet. She can only blame herself.
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If what i know about the story is true, shes a good employee and this is all she did, id give her a job right now if i owned a restaurant.
Did you see the receipt, Digs? She (the Pastor) made a big point of making the tip $0. What was the purpose of saying she gives 10% to God? Was she trying to impress the waitress? You and I both know you're not supposed to give with the intention of drawing attention and kudos for it. In fact, nobody should even know you're doing it. If the Pastor wanted to come off like an arrogant tightwad, I'd prefer she not do so in the name of God
The only personal info was the name and that's not exactly private. If the Pastor was embarrassed by what she wrote, she shouldn't have written it.The waitress should be fired as well, she posted his personal info.
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I think Applebees was within their rights to fire her.
I think the real issue here is waiter compensation in general. Whether a waiter gets paid a decent wage should not depend on whether a customer feels like tipping or not. Did you know that the federal minimum wage for a tipped employee is a little over $2 an hour? If the tips don't make up the difference, the employer is supposed to.
I don't understand why we don't just build it in to customers' bills, so that employees are making a livable wage regardless of whether their customers are jackass pastors or not. Then a tip would actually mean something.
If I'm not mistaken, this is how it works almost everywhere else in the world already.
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