Imagine the excitement of a server returning to the clear the table and spotting a folded $20 bill left as a tip. Now picture their shock and disgust as they unfold the bill to find that the cash is fake, and inside contains a Fundamentalist Christian message urging them to find Jesus.
That’s what happened to a waitress at Dish in Plaza Midwood, a Charlotte, North Carolina eatery. But general manager Penny Craver decided to do something about it. She looked up the church named on the phony money/religious pamphlet, Harbor Baptist Church in Charlotte, and sent a brilliant email:
I am the general manager of Dish (restaurant) in Plaza Midwood. Imagine one of my server’s surprise when she received a small pamphlet (Every one of us will face eternity one day) instead of a tip when she served what I assume was one of your congregation. Her particular religious beliefs are not discussed at work; however, I do know that this pamphlet can not pay her mortgage or her electric bill. It concerns me that someone would consider a pamphlet fair monetary exchange. Suppose your congregation felt it was sufficient to tithe their personal writings instead of 10% of their income. Your church wouldn’t be paying their bills for very long. I think it would be great if you used this in a sermon. Pride, one of the 7 Deadly Sins, is considered, on almost every list, the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins: the source of the others. It is identified as believing that one is essentially better than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). I think it could be educational for at least one member of your congregation. Thank you very much for your time.
The pastor has reportedly spoken to the cheap tipper and claims it won’t happen again.
Disturbingly, this is just one in a string of fundamentalist propaganda materials disguised as tips to fool hardworking waitstaff.
Garret Wayman, a 17-year Kansas waiter, was a victim of the same dirty trick and took to social media to express his outrage:
someone seriously left this as my tip today. pissed is an understatement. i was so excited when i saw $20 pic.twitter.com/czntdlgoqS
— garret (@BEANBURRlTO) December 29, 2015
“He just left that,” Wayman told Tech Insider. “I wanted to tell him that I only make $3 an hour and bust my ass at my job to make way less than I deserve, but he was gone by the time I had the chance to.”
Wayman added, “To get my hopes up like that … is just flat out mean.”