I'm surprised this story has gotten so much attention. People get stiffed all the time, it happens. She got fired for divulging personal information online. I tip well, but whether I do or don't, I don't want some waitress posting my receipt online without my consent, just seems kind of low and petty to me.
I've just found it kind of odd how our of proportion this story has been blown. She got fired because she brought national negative media attention on a customer, and here employer, yet has the nerve to say in that article "I don't see what rules I broke if any...". How bought violating your customers privacy? How about bringing negative media attention to your employer? You have beef with how service staff are paid, fine, so do I, but that wasn't justification for doing what she did.
She complains that her take home is $9 an hour most days. I used to work at Best Buy and make $7 an hour, and no tips or bonuses. Did I complain? Nope. Worked hard, got raises and promotions, used that to go to college, got out, and got a much better job. Working at Best Buy and Applebees aren't meant to be end-goal careers for people, they are for high school and college kids generally. Maybe I'm in the minority feeling this way, but low experience and low skill jobs also come with low pay... who knew?
I didn't eat at Applebees before this mess because I'm not really a fan, but the comments on Reddit about boycotts and what not are kind of ridiculous. She brought a bunch of negative media attention to her company for calling out a customer and posting their receipt online in a forum where people love nothing more than to mock religious people. I'm not surprised she was fired. I say again, when I go out to eat or make a purchase I generally assume they aren't going to post my personal information online or divulge our client to customer interactions. It's just unprofessional and stupid. If it happened to me, I wouldn't be happy about it either. A bunch of people calling you an asshole and threatening you online over something you assumed was private... how would you feel? Honestly, I wouldn't be thrilled about it. But because it's some "evil religious hypocrite" the whole internet is circlejerking itself to death over this story, and places ZERO blame on this employee for being so unprofessional. It's all Applebees fault, and all "that religious nutjob hypocrites" fault.
Why this girl has become some kind of martyr I do not understand. She acted unprofessional, got caught, and was fired. Sounds about right to me. Maybe if people like her took their job seriously and acted professional they wouldn't be making $9 an hour... but saying something like that generally makes ME the asshole.
First I've commented about this story, so sorry for the bit of a rant. I just don't see what the big deal is. If it wasn't for the religious angle, this story would have went no where.