There’s a picture that’s gone viral today, see here, of a receipt where the patron, a Pastor, left a note for the server saying “I give God 10% why do you deserve 18%(?)” and then marking through the gratuity and indicating a $0 tip. Having worked 6 years in the restaurant industry I know that with a large party most companies adjust an automatic gratuity to the bill, which is what seems to be the case here, and I think regardless the server will make the tip. However, that is not the point.
Let me start by saying I grew up in the Church (actually New Hope Baptist Church off of Idlewild Rd in Charlotte) and my wife and I go to Church often. I too believe in Tithing 10% of your income to the Church, although I fail to do so some(ok many) months.
With that said, I also worked in the restaurant industry for 6 years and if it weren’t for radio I would probably still be working in the restaurant industry.
So while I might understand what he’s trying to say, to a certain extent, he still should not have done what he did.
First he’s comparing God and His Church to paying a server for the job they’ve done? Unfortunately I don’t see the connection there. Secondly, as a Pastor why in the world would you think that setting this type of example is good for your Church overall? It’s not at all. In fact, and sadly, this single act will not only impact some peoples view of the Church it will further give those who are already against the Church more fuel.
The point of this is to say that I completely disagree with this Pastor and what he’s done. I also would like to use this time to say….. when you go out to eat please keep in mind that those who are serving you rely on your tip to live and pay their bills. If there service is bad, I agree with not going above and beyond with your tip but don’t stiff them. AND DEFINITELY DON’T USE YOUR RELIGION AS AN EXCUSE TO BE CHEAP. If their service is great…. thank them through your tip… you don’t know how far a few more dollars on your tip will impact their budget.
And that completes my rant for today!