Alois Bell: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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Alois Bell

A receipt that a St. Louis Applebee’s waitress posted to Reddit recently went viral and has sparked quite a bit of controversy. Written on the receipt by the customer, following the 18 percent gratuity requirement, it read “I give God 10% why do you get 18?” The receipt was given to the waitress, marked without a tip, and signed “Pastor Alois Bell.” The pastor was stunned by the publicity from the viral receipt and has spoken out to the public. Here’s what you need to know about Pastor Alois Bell and the Applebee’s receipt.

1. Alois Bell is the Pastor Who Supposedly Stiffed an Applebee’s Waitress
Applebee's Receipt, Alois Bell, Pastor Alois Bell
Alois Bell has stepped forward as the pastor who left the Applebee’s waitress the snarky comment on the receipt. She preaches at Truth in the Word Deliverance Ministries in St. Louis. According to her biography, Bell “gave her life to Christ in 1997 while she was pregnant and homeless with her youngest son.”

2. Waitress Chelsea Welch Posted the Pastor’s Rude Receipt Online
Applebee’s waitress Chelsea Welch posted the pastor’s rude receipt on Reddit with the headline “My mistake sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries.” Since the posting, the receipt went viral and the pastor received a huge amount of backlash for her comment and lack of tip. Welch said she wasn’t the waitress who received the receipt, but posted it to Reddit on behalf of a co-worker.

3. Alois Complained to Applebee’s
Alois Bell, Pastor Alois Bell, Applebee's Receipt
Pastor Alois complained to Applebee’s upon discovering that her private receipt went viral on the Internet. Applebee’s took action.

4. Applebee’s Apologized to Pastor Bell

5. Welch Was Fired
Alois Bell, Pastor Alois Bell, Applebee's
Applebee’s fired the waitress after Bell complained to the restaurant. Applebee’s President Mike Archer said in a phone interview with CBS that his company stands by its workers but had no choice but to fire the waitress for violating the customer’s privacy rights and the company’s social media policy:

“The team member involved did not wait on the guest or party. Regrettably, and without the restaurant’s knowledge, she took it upon herself to take a guest’s receipt, with the name clearly visible, and posted it online with her own commentary. That is a clear violation of our guest’s privacy and against the franchisee’s company policy that the team Member was provided when hired,” the company’s statement read.

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6. The Waitress Says She Didn’t Break Any Applebee’s Guidelines
But Welch disagrees, saying she didn’t break any Applebee’s guidelines:

When I posted this, I didn’t represent Applebee’s in a bad light. In fact, I didn’t represent them at all. I did my best to protect the identity of all parties involved. I didn’t break any specific guidelines in the company handbook — I checked.

7. Pastor Bell Apologized for the Receipt

Alois Bell came forward to set the record straight about the receipt. She said in an interview that the comment on the receipt was a lapse in judgement and that she apologizes for that:

“I’m human. I did that.”

8. People Have Stopped Going to Pastor Bell’s Sermons
Bell said that she saw former chuch-goers post to their blogs that they don’t go to church because of the pastor’s actions and that they are leaving her e-mails calling her a hypocrite. Bell said:

I feel sorry for all the people who don’t want to come to church because of my actions.

Applebee's, Alois Bell, Pastor Alois Bell

The receipt.

9. The Waitress Did Get Her Tip, the Pastor Claims
Despite all this, the waitress still got her tip. According to Bell, the tip still came off of her credit card, and she said she even left an additional $6 on the table. The only proof we have of this is her word.

10. A Petition Has Sprung Up to Reinstate the Waitress
In response to the waitress’ getting fired, Andy Bearden started a petition on for Welch to be reinstated into her position at Applebee’s and for Bell to be fired from the Truth in the Word Deliverance ministry. So far, the petition has 3,078 signatures.

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  1. Notice she never actually said she was sorry. She said she was sorry for the people not coming to her sermons anymore. She can’t even bring it to herself to admit she was wrong. Who wants to attend sermons of anyone like that?

  2. Am I the only person who notices the words ” 18 percent gratuity REQUIREMENT”? I do think this clergy person’s way of responding to being
    forced to give and told how much to give as a tip, was poorly handled. She should have gone to the manager and insisted it be removed from her bill.
    I was out with a friend who was quite a connosieur of restaurants and fine wines and cuisines, etc. One thing he would NOT stand for was a restaurant adding a gratuity to the
    bill at thier own discretion. The custom of leaving a gratuity is a freely given, voluntary expression of appreciation for high quality service. It is not owed by the customer and is entirely
    the customer’s free choice. Restaurants who follow the practice of adding gratuities to bills are guilty of terribly rude and bad form and an attitude of entitlement and should not be
    patronized if they engage in this practice. Many servers give good service and deserve a gratuity and these I’m happy to tip whenever I can do so, as they have bills to pay too..

    • As servers are NOT guaranteed minimum wage (they are paid only $2.37 in Georgia, and much the same elsewhere, because of the assumption that they WILL be tipped) it is perfectly acceptable in mid-range restaurants (with some obviously ignorant customers) to require a customary gratuity, and ensure that their staff is making minimum wage.

    • Funny how blacks want affirmative action but are steadfastly against automatic gratuity. Kinda makes you think, no?

  3. Is anyone surprised by the fact that the person who did this is black? Do you think that blacks not tipping is a stereotype? Guess again. As servers, we face this from them all the time. What a moron. No class. Her hardest work involves her standing on a pulpit and preaching to others. Doubt that fat greaseball could wait tables if her life depended on it. If she could she wouldn’t have ever been homeless.

  4. First Off. I Only Give God 10%??? What is that?
    She collects money from everyone at church and gets old people to donate there hard earned and well saved cash then only pans 10% to the Church. WTF
    Also , She is like almost every Jesus freak out there. Homeless and 3 kids then she found god.. Oh my gosh just extort stupid people with religion more please! People like her in religest places are why i have lost faith in all the lies. A Much Higher power would have smite her down years before she was homeless with kids that she couldn’t raise proper, or at least not have made her one of the many spokesperson for its religion