Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Let's Fold The Flag In The Applebee's Parking Lot

There once was a pastor in St. Louis who went to Applebee's as a member of a group of ten. The restaurant, as many do, added an 18% gratuity to the bill because the group was larger than six. The pastor then crossed out the gratuity on the bill and wrote that she gives God 10 percent, so the server should not expect more than God. The server's co-worker photocopied the bill and posted it on Facebook. She was subsequently fired at the pastor's urging. After the story broke, a bunch of people want to boycott Applebee's.

There was once a school janitor in Fort Pierre who got mad that a fellow custodian was not folding the American flag but rather leaving it in clump.  He claims to have complained to his superiors. After not getting a response he posted pictures of the flag on Facebook. He was fired.  A South Dakota blogger got mad became obsessed.

I have a 4 point modest proposal.

1. When tempted to post stuff online in order to get even, wait at least 24 hours before hitting submit or publish or whatever the heck Facebook asks you to hit so that the item gets published. (I have no Facebook account because I don't want people to find me, or I'm worried no one will want to find me. The reason changes daily.)

2. Play by the rules when out in public. There are rules for folding the flag and tipping. Both are published.

3. Read the Bible's book of James at least once a week, especially these verses from Chapter 1:
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
4. Listen to some Aretha

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