Stephen Mack
Atheists can stiff waitstaff as well... (Flipside to the Pastor Bell story.) It doesn't matter if you're a theist or an atheist or somewhere in between -- if you eat at a restaurant in America, you're obligated to tip; if you can't afford the tip, you can't afford to eat out. Unless the waitperson was supremely rude or poisoned you, tip! (via FB)
Just enjoy your meal and leave a nice tip and leave religion/atheism out of it! Sheesh. - Stephen Mack
Seems like a weak excuse to be cheap to me. - That's So CAJ!
CAJ, absolutely. - Stephen Mack
(Background on the Pastor Bell story in case you missed it: Original Reddit posts: and plus Pastor Bell's now-hacked website: -- FF discussion here on Spidra's feed and here on Sir Shuping's feed: - Stephen Mack
Ew, two pet peeves in one: asshole non-tippers and atheists who insult people's beliefs. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm convinced people who do this also have trollish internet habits. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
am i the only one wondering what constitutes a $150 adult dinner? and what's a KM dinner? #totallymissingthepoint - Heleninstitches #teamff
I'm thinking "kids meal" Helen, but I'm not sure. I"m hoping that's some kind of odd ticket and not $200 for 2 people. - ellbeecee
a $50 kids meal?! - Heleninstitches #teamff
I don't think it's a kids meal, if it is it's more than one adult meal was, 39.24. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
At the risk of getting flamed, I'm going to dissent--not from the ass**ishness of not tipping, but from "insult people's beliefs." When a server tells you to "have a blessed day," they're shoving *their* beliefs down your throat. If it was me, I'd tip...but I'd probably never go back to the restaurant. [Edited: $150 was for 4 adults, apparently.] - walt crawford
Walt, have a blessed day. That's bullshit. I've said stuff like that, and I'm an agnostic atheist. They're not shoving any belief. What belief is wishing someone a good day, exactly? - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I dunno, it would never occur to me to tell someone to have a "blessed" day when "nice" or "good" would suffice. But I'm not from that type of background. I personally don't give a damn and don't think this is a case of religion being forced on anyone. It's a pretty arbitrary and petty reason to not tip. - rønin
I agree with Ronin. As an atheist, I wouldn't personally object to anyone telling me to have a blessed day, any more than I'd get upset at someone saying "bless you" when I sneeze. - Stephen Mack
You're probably right--in fact, I'd just let it slide. But I'll still say that it's not insulting people's belief in this case. And yes, it's certainly an arbitrary and petty reason not to tip. - walt crawford
Tipping is mandatory? - Johnny from iPhone
If you're eating at a restaurant in the US, yeah, it pretty much is. - Jason P
Is there confirmation that this is real? It seems fantastic timing if it is, but I'm skeptical. - Heather
Heather, could well be faked. It's just a random FB post. But I don't doubt there are people out there who have behaved this way. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
As a person who is leans more towards atheism... If someone told me to have a "blessed" day, I wouldn't be angry in any way. Someone is wishing me to have a better than average day. The word "blessed" only carries the amount of weight I give to it... and I choose to take that as someone being nice, not cramming religion anywhere near my mouth - Johnny
There are assholes everywhere and no group is devoid of jerks, it's just the timing that gets me. Like it was meant to take attention off the pastor. I think the people linking the pastor's actions to religion were misguided, but this seems to be the same sentiment in the other direction. Also, without confirmation we don't get a single hint at the story here. The pastor objected to the party tip and left $6 in cash. We don't know if the person who wrote on the receipt left cash on top of the comment, or if the server did more then make the one comment. - Heather