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Feb 4, 2013 (Talk of the Nation) — After eating at Applebee's with a large group, St. Louis pastor Alois Bell -- frustrated that gratuity was already included -- wrote this comment on the receipt: "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?" A sympathetic co-worker posted a picture of the receipt online, and it soon went viral.

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Clarke Gail Baines, MadameNoir.com: "St. Louis Pastor Objects To Automatic Tip On Receipt, Waitress Gets Fired For Posting It Online"
Patrick Coffee, PR Newser, "PR Fail: Applebee's Fires Server Who Shared Obnoxious Tip-Free Receipt"
Conor Fiedersdorf, The Atlantic: "Should What Happens At Applebee's Stay At Applebee's?"
Matt Scherer, San Antonio Express-News: "Applebee's Facing A Social Media Disaster"
R.L. Stollar, Thoughts and Provocations: "Applebee's Overnight Social Media Meltdown: A Photo Essay"
Chelsea Welch, The Guardian: "Tips Are Not Optional, They Are How Waiters Get Paid In America"
Michael Wolf, Forbes: "Why Applebee's Was Right"

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