Waitress Fired After Posting Receipt Online with Tip Complaint from Pastor
A St. Louis-area Applebee's waitress was fired on Wednesday (January 30th) after she posted a receipt online that had a note from a patron, who turned out to be a pastor, complaining about the automatic 18 percent tip that was added to the bill. The pastor, Alois Bell, found out about it and complained to waitress Chelsea Welch's manager, who fired her. Bell's restaurant bill had the tip automatically added because there were more than eight people in her party. She scratched out the automatic tip and put in a "0" where any additional tip would go, writing, "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?" Welch took a photo of the bill from a fellow server and posted it on the website Reddit. She told Consumerist.com, "I think the note was insulting, but also comical. And I thought other users would find it entertaining." But Bell got wind of it and complained, saying it had ruined her reputation. She told The Smoking Gun website, "[It was] a lapse in my character and judgment. . . . I've brought embarrassment to my church and ministry." Applebee's said it apologized to Bell for violating her right to privacy. But Welch told Yahoo! News, "I had no intention of starting a witch hunt or hurting anyone. I just wanted to share a picture I found interesting." She also doesn't buy that Bell's embarrassed, saying, "If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone."
COUPLE RESCUE BABY DEER; FACE CHARGES: A couple in Connersville, Indiana who rescued an injured fawn said they could face jail time for the good deed. Jeff and Jennifer Counceller said they brought the injured baby deer -- dubbed Little Orphan Dani -- home and treated her wounds, then nursed her back to health for nearly two years. One day someone from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources came by and told them the state wanted to euthanize the deer because she was a threat to humans. Councellor explained, "I was devastated. I spent a year and several months nursing her into adulthood, getting to the point where she was able to go out on her own." The day Dani was scheduled to be euthanized she escaped from the Counceller home. The couple could face misdemeanor charges for unlawful possession of a deer which might mean jail time and/or fines up to $2,000. The Councellors maintain that they did the right thing, no matter what the law states. (UPI)
Greenville was chosen by Southern Living magazine as one of the TastiestTowns in their February issue and it's up to US to vote once a day, every day to make Greenville win the title of TastiestTown in the South- a huge HUGE win, if we can get it.
Voting runs until February 28 and Greenville is losing badly to Durham, Asheville and Memphis.
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Kinsey actor Liam Neeson believes that the overabundance of sexuality in society makes growing up in today's world very confusing for a young person. The father of two teenage boys aired his concerns in an interview with UK's The Catholic Herald.
Neeson suggested that sex has gone from being a sacred act to being almost profane because we are bombarded with sexual information from everywhere -- especially the media and advertising. He told the paper, "The act is very, very special, you know. It's full of mystery and wonder, and I'd hate us all to get to the stage where we just treat it lightly, because it deserves more than that...but times have changed since I was young, no doubt about it."
Liam has been a single parent to 17-year-old Micheal and 16-year-old Daniel since his wife Natasha Richardson passed away in 2009.
COURT RULES YOU CAN'T BE ARRESTED JUST BECAUSE YOU FLIP OFF A COP:
A federal appeals court has ruled that a police officer cannot pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger. The ruling comes after John Swartz and his wife sued two police officers after Swartz was arrested for flipping off an officer who was using a radar gun at an intersection in St. Johnsonville, New York. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity." (Huffington Post)
SPECIAL ADDRESS SET UP FOR CONDOLENCES FOR NEWTOWN:
Newtown's small post office has been overwhelmed by calls from people all over the U.S. who want to send letters, cards, care packages and more to the town's residents in the wake of the massacre. In response, the Postal Service has set up a post office box for all mail and packages for the families of shooting victims, first respondents and affected Newtown residents. From there, the USPS will work with local community groups to help distribute the mail.
Battle of the Bells Teams to Compete to Raise Much Needed Funds
Greenville, SC – On Saturday, December 1, 2012 seven Battle of the Bells teams will compete across Greenville County from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm to see who can collect the most money in their Red Kettle to support The Salvation Army. The funds raised through the Battle of the Bells will help make a significant impact as 82 cents out of every local $1 raised will go back into the Greenville County community to support critical social service, student, rehabilitation, and family programming. Battle of the Bells teams include…
§ The Just Teasin’ Elves at Macy’s at Haywood Mall
§ The Greenville News at Walmart in Simpsonville
§ The Kroc Pots at Walmart on Woodruff Road
§ Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc at Sam’s Club on Woodruff Road
§ The Salvation Army Southpaws at Total Wine & More
§ The Area Command Commandeers at Walmart on Wade Hampton
§ Carolina Heat Baseball at Belk at Haywood Mall.
The top three teams will receive trophies and recognition at the Annual Christmas Luncheon at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on December 6th and bragging rights for the year.
Media photo and interview opportunities are available throughout the day; however, Salvation Army characters including Captain Gabriel and Captain Kettle will be visiting the Battle of the Bells teams at the following times.
§ 10:00 am - The Just Teasin’ Elves at Macy’s at Haywood Mall
§ 10:30 am - Carolina Heat Baseball at Belk at Haywood Mall
§ 11:15 am - The Salvation Army Southpaws at Total Wine & More
§ 12:00 noon - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc at Sam’s Club on Woodruff Road
§ 12:30 pm - The Kroc Pots at Walmart on Woodruff Road
§ 2:15 pm - The Greenville News at Walmart in Simpsonville
§ 3:15 pm - The Area Command Commandeers at Walmart on Wade Hampton
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmygreenville.org.