Even though Welch saw humor in what Bell had written, the Mother of three did not find the waitress’ actions very funny. When Bell got wind, via a friend, that Welch’s antics involved making the receipt go viral, she took her concerns to Applebee’s management.
Applebee confirms that Welch was let go and released a statement regarding the incident:
Our Guests’ personal information – including their meal check – is private, and neither Applebee’s nor its franchisees have a right to share this information publicly. We value our Guests’ trust above all else. Our franchisee has apologized to the Guest and has taken disciplinary action with the Team Member for violating their Guest’s right to privacy. This individual is no longer employed by the franchisee.
Bell told the Smoking Gun she is sorry about the incident that took place at the eatery and points out she left a tip of $6.29 cash on the table. “My heart is really broken,” she told the online site. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and my ministry.”