Waitress who posted 'God receipt' fired

Pastor refused to pay automatic 18% gratuity

POSTED: 07:40 AM PST Jan 31, 2013    UPDATED: 08:01 AM PST Feb 01, 2013 
Pastor stiffs waiter bill

A waitress who posted a photo of a receipt online that's since gone viral has been fired.

Chelsea Welch of St. Louis told Yahoo! News in an email that she lost her job at Applebee's after the customer, a pastor, complained to her manager that the incident had ruined her life.

The pastor, identified by St. Louis TV station KPLR as Alois Bell, made headlines when she scratched out the automatic 18 percent gratuity for her large party and wrote, "I give God 10 percent why do you get 18?"

A photo of the receipt was posted on Reddit, and it has since gone viral and sparked religious debate online.

Bell, 37, has since expressed regret for the incident, saying she shouldn't have written what she did.

"My heart is really broken," she told The Smoking Gun. "I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry."

A spokesman for Applebee's told Yahoo! that the restaurant chain apologized to Bell for violating her "right to privacy."

Welch feels her firing was unfair.

"I come home exhausted, sore, burnt, dirty and blistered on a good day," she told Yahoo!. "And after all that, I can be fired for ‘embarrassing’ someone who directly insults their server on religious grounds."