Imagine being a waitress. Imagine serving some customers. Imagine those customers think you did a ‘excellent job’ by their own words. Imagine those same customers stiffing you for a tip. Imagine them adding insult to injury by telling you that you shouldn’t even be there and are sinning by ‘doing a great job’ in serving them.
All in the name of Christ, of course.
That is exactly what happened to Renee, a waitress in a South Carolina Cracker Barrel. She served her customers. They expressed what a great job she did. They then stiffed her and wrote her a letter telling her to ‘get in her place’ which, according to them, is in the home.
Really. Check it out below (with a transcribed version below that in case it is too difficult to read on your device);
And here’s the transcription … Note that we have left all the misspellings in the transcription, so please don’t write telling me about them …
Dear Renee, thank you for your excelent service today. Your a good waitress.
Heres your tip:
The womans place is in the home. You’re place is in the home. It even says so in the Bible. You may think that your contributing to your household by coming into work, but your not. While your in here “working” this is the reason your husband must see another women on his way home from a long day at his work. Because you should be home taking care of the household duties. You may think what you are doing “working” is right, it is really essentially a disgrace to his manhood and to the American family. So instead of coming to your “job” and looking for hand out’s to feed your family, hows about going home and cleaning your house and cooking a hot meal for your husband and children, the way you’re husband and God intended, and help make America great again. Praying for families and our nation.
Let us leave the bad spelling aside. That’s too easy of a mark and we all make such mistakes so beating the writer over the head with that is as weak as the argument ‘The Watley’s’ try to make. Let’s point out that while these folks might believe all the things they wrote, the fact that they substituted their ‘godly’ advice for the customary tip of money is as rude as it is wrong. A tip is a money gift, period. It is not open to smart-alec interpretations as being synonymous with ‘giving advice.’ What the Watley’s did here is the evangelical version of the old joke ‘you want a tip? bet Lucky Boy to win in the 4th at the track.’
This was a joke (meaning it is disgusting like when people call a bad sports team a ‘joke,’ not that it is funny), a very tasteless one — unlike the fine food the Watley’s enjoyed that Renee served them. I would bet that the Watley’s feel like they did something good, but they didn’t — they did something very wrong here.
One also has to notice that they put words like’ job’ and ‘working’ in quotes. As if this isn’t a real job. Newsflash Watley’s — it is a very real job and she was most certainly working to provide you with quality food and good service. You basically spat on that effort with your advice. That isn’t Christian or Godly — it’s being a jerk. It is being a cheapskate who uses ‘God’ as a shield so Mr. Watley doesn’t have to feel guilty about any of it.
At the end, we get a clue in to what many Trump supporters feel would ‘make America great again’ as well. It would involve us devolving about 50 years or so to where The Watley’s (or at least Mr. Watley) would feel comfortable. Of course, maybe they want to devolve further back in time to keep with things the Bible preaches. Things like slavery are given a thumbs up many times in the ‘good book’ so maybe instead of 1961, they would prefer a rollback to 1861. Also, the Bible teaches us to stone certain people to death, so maybe it’s just the year 65 or some time before Christ that would suit them?
I have some advice for the Watley family, especially Mr. Watley — The next time you are too cheap to tip a waitress, just be honest about it. Tell them you are too cheap to tip them but don’t use God as an excuse for your lack of willingness to compensate someone who you even say did a ‘great job’ in serving you at a place where you and everyone knows a tip is expected for such service. The only one who sinned here was you by not being honest with your waitress and taking the Lord’s name in vain (vanity, as in an unnecessary, frivolous, and unwarranted invoking of God).
Or, as they say in the south … ‘don’t pee on my leg and tell me that it is raining.’
UPDATE; The waitress, who did not want to be further identified, responded, telling WIS TV;
‘I felt hurt, and a bit heartbroken,’ the waitress said. ‘It is a bit disheartening and discouraging that things like this happen at this day and age.’
The waitress said she had never served the couple before but said it is possible they are South Carolina residents. She did not want the couple’s name to be used in this story, but said she holds no ill will and is ‘praying for them.’