Restaurant Manager Takes Action With The Church
Garret is a Wichita, Kansas server working hard at a restaurant for his wage. For any server, seeing a $20 tip is enough to make their day, but this time it was different…
The young server was delighted to see that his customer had left him a $20 tip tucked under a ketchup bottle. When he picked it up, he realized that it wasn’t currency, but a Christian pamphlet from a Christian fundamentalist church.
The pamphlet that was disguised as money read: “Don’t be fooled. There is something you can have more valuable than money.”
Not surprisingly, these fake tips have been making a lot of servers upset, and have ultimately been giving Christians a bad name.
The manager at Dish Plaza Midwood was so upset, that she decided to take action. Penny Craver sent an email to the pastor of the church named on the pamphlet.
I am the general manager of Dish (restaurant) in Plaza Midwood. Imagine one of my server’s surprise when she received a small pamphlet (Every one of us will face eternity one day) instead of a tip when she served what I assume was one of your congregation. Her particular religious beliefs are not discussed at work; however, I do know that this pamphlet can not pay her mortgage or her electric bill. It concerns me that someone would consider a pamphlet fair monetary exchange. Suppose your congregation felt it was sufficient to tithe their personal writings instead of 10% of their income. Your church wouldn’t be paying their bills for very long. I think it would be great if you used this in a sermon.”
The email had a positive impact, despite it might seem like it was written to cause drama. In response to the email, Pastor Simmons says that those pamphlets were not meant to be left as tips at any restaurant. He says that his congregation is encouraged to leave actual tips because they know how hard money must be earned.
Since then, Pastor Simmons has spoken to the member of the congregation who left the pamphlet, and that matters are going to get taken care of.