31 January 2009

A story about working on Sunday

I promise I am not making this up...

My daughter, taking a break from her pursuit of a graduate degree, is a server at the Chili's a few miles down from our house. Like many others her age she is already pretty critical of the church and its obvious hypocrisies. Her cynicism, that to say, is neither atypcial nor incomprehensible. Nor does this kind of thing help--her or others.

A group of six church-goers came in last night after their evening services and sat down, not in her area but in another server's. When the girl came to greet them and take their drink order, one of them said, "We want to tell you up front that we will not be tipping you tonight because..."

Are you ready?

"...we do not believe in people working on Sunday."

The girl was taken full-aback, stammered out something that sounded like "I wouldn't have to work on Sunday if so many church people didn't come in," or some such. She was furious. So was the manager of the restaurant whom she summoned to deal with them. I think he should have tossed the people out on their...uh...Bibles. To his credit, and demonstrating something like agape all around, he did say to them, "Well, we don't believe in making our people work for nothing, so I will be serving you tonight." And he did. God bless him.

(full credit - and more discussion - at the link)


  1. Wow. What a great manager! I realize that those bible thumping idiots are just that...idiots, but what still really impresses me is that manager. That's the kind of management style that just speaks volumes.

  2. "church-goers", yes. "Christ-ians", no.

  3. Exactly, church going - yet non bible knowing false religionists.

  4. Using that line of reason, the church-goers don't tithe, either. My church's pastoral staff are paid to work on Sunday.

  5. I just wanted to post a little round of applause for that fantastic manager. What an exemplary guy (or girl).

  6. What's even worse is customers who don't give any indication that they're going to stiff you on the tip, but then leave this instead of money: http://www.christianforums.com/t7343862-2/#post51010458

  7. Wow. That's pretty sad. If they had ever read the bible they would realize that the scripture says "But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
    (meaning if they don't believe in people working on Sunday, they also don't believe in MAKING people work on Sunday by attending their restaurants!)
    For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

  8. The waitress and the manager should have said, "You are right, we should not be working", turn off the light, go to the back, and leave the church-goers by themselves in the dark.


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