Having Faith Doesn’t Mean You Have Class
Thursday morning I read the following article on Yahoo.
Yesterday morning I see this (connected) article:
So, the pastor went from anonymity to now making herself (because, in all honesty, I thought it was a man) known to the public and has gotten the poor waitress fired.
First of all, if you don’t agree with the gratuity (which really isn’t that bad seeing how it was a large party with a final bill of over $200) then speak with the waitress or a manager. Don’t leave a jackass kind of note on your receipt. AND…don’t add more insult by hiding behind your faith and stating that you are a Pastor. I take offense to that. First of all, Faith is something to be proud of and to be used to promote your religion not something to be used as a defence or a weapon. To state that you’re not going to provide a tip because you only give 10% to God (hey, shouldn’t HE get 100%???) is completely insulting and shows me right there that you’re just being a dick.
If your “heart is really broken,”and you feel you’ve “brought embarrassment to my church and ministry” then that’s a good sign that you’ve done something wrong. If you truly believed in what you were “preaching” you would feel no shame. Your church is embarrased of you because you made a mistake and acted like an ass. And instead of calling to complain (that you got called out) and resulting in that poor waitress being fired, what you should have done was call and apologize for not acting appropriately and following thru with the designated gratuity. And for leaving such a note. You know, I’ve left notes on receipts for people before….but they were good notes. I once left a note on my receipt apologizing for not having enough cash to leave a decent tip but praising her for such good service. Turned out that the waitress was a good friend of my good friend and she’d talked about the note for days. That was probably 13 or 14 years ago and we’re all friends now. (See? It’s the little things that count.) As one commenter posted; “If she believed what she was writing on the check, then she should stand by it. If she is now embarrassed, then maybe she wasn’t so convinced she was in the right. Maybe she was being a jerk and deserves whatever embarrassment she received.”
Having faith doesn’t mean you have class.