Thursday, January 31, 2013
Applebee's: Fire the Preacher, Not the Waitress
So now we have Applebee's, a restaurant that will never see another nickle from me, firing a waitress for posting an insulting receipt from tightwad minister, saying: "I give god 10 percent; why do you get 18?"
Applebee's answer to this, following the firing, was this tortured corporate bullshit (found in this report):
"Our Guests’ personal information – including their meal check – is private, and neither Applebee’s nor its franchisees have a right to share this information publicly. We value our Guests’ trust above all else. Our franchisee has apologized to the Guest and has taken disciplinary action with the Team Member for violating their Guest’s right to privacy. This individual is no longer employed by the franchisee."
The "guest's" name--Alois Bell (if I'm reading right)--was on the signature line and Applebee's may well have a legal leg to stand on, but Alois Bell should be a bit more of a human being than he shows here. We're talking morality, not legality (which rarely have anything to do with each other). A little public humiliation will likely do Alois Bell some good. (It's reported she has apologized, which is a nice step. Public exposure is a good thing.)
People in service jobs, who make very, very little money and almost never have even a hint of benefits, don't need the condescension and whack-job preachers.