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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.



4 responses

  1. Ibitz

    I have to agree with you. I was shocked at this story. We were brought up to believe that pastors, ministers, men and women of the cloth, were to be revered and praised, and now there is a generation before us that believes that God doesn’t exist, and with examples like this pastor, who can really blame them? Though my faith and belief that God does exist, and guides each of us, I am ashamed of this pastor for their actions and thoughts, he/she should be ashamed for using, in a negative way, her faith to not tip a waitress, who in all likelihood is raising a family, going to school, taking care of his/her parents, etc. Like you said, if the pastor had an issue with the waitress’ performance on the job, take it up with his/her manager, instead of using his/her faith to not leave a tip. Maybe it is too much to hope, but maybe this “pastor” needs to give the waitress 10% of his/her pay for the next year or 10.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  2. Cat


    February 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    • I think that made my night.

      February 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  3. Agreed, most people don’t chose an immature way of passing notes on cc receipts if they are upset. Which makes you wonder how many drinks she had. If she would have read the menu it clearly states the tip is normally added. Its not a very heavenly gesture.

    February 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

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