Online Petitions Ask Applebee's To Rehire Waitress Chelsea Welch

Applebees boycott on Facebook
Applebees boycott on Facebook



It was just a scribble on an Applebee's receipt, but it's spiraled into a public relations catastrophe via Facebook, with outraged comments and online petitions directed against the restaurant chain. Last week, Applebee's waitress Chelsea Welch took a photo of a receipt on which a diner had scratched out the automatic 18 percent gratuity (added to tables of eight or more) and wrote in its place: "I Give God 10 percent Why Do You Get 18." Welch uploaded the image to the online forum Reddit, where it swiftly went viral, and St. Louis pastor Alois Bell was ultimately outed as the diner.