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“I Give God 10%…” : How To Avoid Being Called An Awful Person On The Net

We all have our selfish moments, and sometimes, we need to be called out on it.

Social Etiquette rulesIf you have been reading some of the many postings out on the net, you probably have heard about the receipt that one waitress had received. A pastor by the name of Alois Bell had dined at a restaurant with a large group of friends (enough to have the mandatory 18% tip posted onto the receipt) and when the check came, decided that she didn’t need to pay the tip. In fact, she decided to leave a note that clearly said, “I give God 10%, why do you get 18?”

Irate, the waitress posted the receipt on Reddit, and lo and behold, it went viral. This kind of outrageous behavior has a tendency of doing that, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who actually reads the stuff that gets spread around on the net. And, because the good pastor was so sad that people actually called her out on being a bad person, she called the Applebees¬† restaurant and had the girl fired.

But it’s okay, folks!¬† She said that she was “heartbroken” when she heard that the waitress who she stiffed, then got fired, lost her job. She feels sorry, folks? Now, since she’s totally shown that she is a decent person, we should totally forgive her, right? No, not really. She isn’t heartbroken about anything aside from the fact that her entire tantrum has been in the public eye, and the fact that people now (rightly) think that she is a complete jerk.

In time, yes, this entire scandal will blow over. That’s a fact, and it’s one that most people know is true. But, we should take this opportunity to take a look at how to avoid getting called an awful person on the net.

  • Don’t act like you are entitled to special treatment, especially if you are going to try to use your religion to justify it. Although the religious figure that you worship may be holy, you as a person are not. So, quit while you’re ahead and don’t expect people to give you special treatment as if you are the Dalai Lama.
  • Don’t leave messages that show your bad character on a paper, and then sign your name at the bottom of the paper.
  • If you have genuinely done something that was selfish (even if you didn’t realize it was wrong, which does happen), then apologize for it and move on with your life. Don’t go out of your way to make the person who called you out on it more upset than they already are.
  • Don’t be a bully. No one likes bullies.

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