Ethics: Group of Pastors Leave 5% Tip After Meal

What would you do Wednesday!

The Southern Baptist Convention takes place this week in Houston, TX. I was not able to go, but I have been able to listen (mostly) and follow the events on twitter. And on twitter is where I can across this tweet from “Fake J.D. Greear” that inspired today’s post.

I laughed. I cried. I hope the joke did not come true. I digress. We’ve talked about Christians and tipping before – let’s do it again!

You are at a pastor’s conference. It’s lunch time. You and a couple friends go to a local restaurant. While walking to the restaurant, you all talk about the message just heard about God’s grace and receiving what you don’t deserve, putting others first, etc.

As you all enter the restaurant you crack some jokes about how some of your fellow Christians probably won’t leave their server a good tip.

While walking to your table you greet the five guys just leaving as you pass by recognizing the conference name tags hanging around their neck. A piece of paper falls to the floor as you brush against the table walking too close. You pick up the paper not sure what it is. You read it and notice it is a paid check for the server to pick up.

The total at the bottom shows a $100 total with a $5 tip and an Ichthus drawn above the signature.

What would you do?

  • Nothing, but put the paid check back on the table.
  • Put the check back on the table with a gospel tract.
  • Put the check on the table adding your own money.
  • Find the server, apologize and give the server a proper tip.
  • Call out the guys who just left yelling at them across the room.
  • Or….

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shinar_Squirrel June 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

I’d draw legs on the Ichthus…

2 Zack Stepp June 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Due to the tipping discussions here and elsewhere over the past few years, I’ve grown very convicted over this topic. I wouldn’t hesitate to find the server, apologize and supplement the tip.

3 Rhology June 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

Shinar_Squirrel wins teh Internet for the day.

4 Matt Privett June 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

If the bill was still there the server probably hadn’t seen it yet, so in an effort to not bring reproach upon the gospel I would try to discreetly add my own money. Then, I’d like to think I’d go back to the conference, find those guys, and give them a loving rebuke.

5 clarkdunlap June 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’dPut the check on the table adding your own money.OR,Find the server, apologize and give the server a proper tip.AndCall out the guys who just left yelling at them across the room.Embarrass the Heck out of them… in a loving way of course

6 Dale Pugh June 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

Replace the receipt on the table without looking at it. Someone else’s meals are none of your business. When you finish the meal, leave a 15-20% tip based on your own conviction about tipping. Personally, I leave 20%.

7 KB June 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

This topic is somewhat nauseating to me.  Not because of the material, but because of how people can profess love yet not show it.  Especially the one pastor who left “If God wants me to give 10% to Him, why should I give any to you?” comment (I’m paraphrasing, so forgive me) to a service person at an Applebee’s.  You show who you are in your actions much more than your words.
Personally, I expect to go at least 20%, but not lower than 15% (if the service is especially shire).
I’d ask for that particular service person, have them serve me, and add a much bigger tip, while speaking to and encouraging the person.  Then I’d find the other people who left that tip and ask them (nicely, but sternly) what their purpose was.

8 Bennett Willis June 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I think that I would add to the tip.

9 Bennett Willis June 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Shinar_Squirrel Not a useful answer but really funny.  Bennett Willis  🙂

10 clarkdunlap June 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Dale Pugh Actually we are all each other’s business in the body of Christ. Except for things that prudence demands be kept private; I don’t think what you ate “in public” is a private matter.

11 Shinar_Squirrel June 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Bennett Willis I’m on record in earlier conversations on this subject at this blog in support of tipping well – hence, humor was my objective 🙂

12 Bennett Willis June 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Shinar_Squirrel Bennett Willis I love it when someone is successful and I was trusting that humor was the plan.  I am about 50 miles south of you (if you are in Houston).  It is not as hot as usual at night–still in the 70’s rather than being in the 80’s.  I have a class until 10 PM or so. 
12 years ago Houston got over 30 inches of rain.  All the underpasses (like 288 between downtown and 610) just filled up to close to the bridges.

13 Shinar_Squirrel June 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Bennett Willis Nope, not in Houston – I’m at home in Montana. Been a Southern Baptist all my life, but I’ve never actually been to a Southern Baptist Convention.

14 Dale Pugh June 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I stated my personal opinion. Yours differs. So be it.

15 clarkdunlap June 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Dale Pugh Well, when I first read your opinion I liked it, but then I realised how wrong it was so I annihilated it. So be it.

16 Dale Pugh June 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Haha! Well, Clark, “annihilate” is a strong word. But after being up for almost 20 hours traveling, I don’t have the brain power to attempt a coherent rebuttal. So be it.

17 Dale Pugh June 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

But now that I use what few thinking cells I have, I would point out that I never said what was eaten was a private matter. What someone pays for a meal is not my concern though. I have no business looking at someone else’s receipt. It’s called courtesy.
Annihilation averted.

18 jasonsmathers June 15, 2013 at 12:42 am

What you didn’t see if the $20 tip left in cash that was already picked up by the bus boy and passed on to the waiter. I guess everyone should have listened to Dale Pugh.

19 dustin germain February 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

What if the service was terrible? For all you know it was, and the 5$ was more than she deserves? In any case I would out the bill back and tup my own server accordingly


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