Dr. Shane Pruitt, director of Missions for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, says that many food servers dread serving Christians on Sunday after church because the churchgoers are lousy tippers and rude.
In an article for The Christian Post on Jan. 29, Pruitt noted that he asked some present and former waiters/waitresses this question: "Generally speaking on Sundays how did people treat you that you assumed had just come from church? How did they tip? Were they rude, more demanding, etc.?"
Pruitt posted some of their responses:
- "I absolutely hated working on Sundays having to deal with the church crowd. They were always the loudest, most demanding and rudest people, especially when they came in as a group. They would run you like crazy and then leave the most pitiful tip and a Gospel tract."
- "They did not tip well. You just knew that when you worked the Sunday lunch crowd that you weren't going to make much."
- "They never leave the payment until right before darting out only to have the server come to realize they received a low tip, especially for the amount of people, and how long they occupied the table afterwards. On top of that, they'd leave a church flyer or Gospel tract behind for the server. This would usually end with the server getting upset and venting to EVERYONE in the back about how "crappy church people are and HECK NO none of us will ever go to your church or event!""
Pruitt then reminded Christians that serving staffs have "lives, feelings, and souls matter to God," and advised them to "tip them well," and to try to convert them to Christianity "if the opportunity arises."
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Pastor Chad Roberts of Preaching Christ Church in Kingsport, Tennessee, created the website Sundays are the Worst to apologize to servers who are treated badly by Christians:
The concept for Sundays are the worst came when we heard about a pastor in St. Louis that went with their church group to Applebees and wrote on the receipt, "I give God 10%, why would I give you 18%?" The story went viral.
We knew there was a huge disconnect between the serving community and the church crowd on Sundays. Because there are many servers who attend our church, we began asking ourselves, "What can we do to begin a dialogue with the serving community? How can we let them know that not all Christians are like this?"
...Our hope is that the church crowd will read the thoughts and experiences from the serving community and that it would cause them to re-think their actions and attitudes on Sundays.
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We also hope that server who have been legitimately hurt by Christians would realize that there is a church that really cares about how they are treated. It bothers us, angers us and saddens us when we read these stories of how some Christians have judged, belittled and mistreated the serving community. We hope they will see that we really do care.
We have chosen to write an apology to each server that posts on our site. We will choose a story a week and give a gift card from Preaching Christ Church. It’s our way of saying, "We get it and we’re sorry for the way Christians have treated you."
Sources: The Christian Post, Sundays are the Worst / Photo credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons