Preaching Christ Church lead pastor Chad Roberts said the church has launched a website to let area restaurant servers share their horror stories about waiting on the 'Sunday church crowd.' (Photo by Ned Jilton II.)
Last February, Pastor Alois Bell set off an Internet debate of biblical proportions. Unhappy about being forced to pay an automatic gratuity of 18 percent because she was dining with a party of 10 at an Applebee’s restaurant in St. Louis, Bell declined to leave a tip and instead left her two cents behind in ink: “I give God ten percent, why do you get 18,” she scrawled on her receipt.
Preaching Christ Church’s lead Pastor Chad Roberts was on his way to a conference in Atlanta, Ga., with two other staff members from the downtown Kingsport church when news of the tipping scandal went viral and their idea for the church’s “Sundays are the Worst” campaign was born.
“We were sitting in a Buffalo Wild Wings saying, what could we do for the serving community to show them that the church cares about them and that we’re not judgmental? What if there was a website where servers could just sound off, they could just vent, and then the church say, it’s OK, we get it, we understand?
“I think everyone knows there’s a disconnect between the serving community and what’s quote unquote the Sunday church crowd. Mainly when we saw the comments that people were making about (the situation in St. Louis), that’s when we knew we needed to address this issue.
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