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Pastor Creates Tip-Shaming Website for Stingy Churchgoers

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A Tennessee pastor has created a website designed to tip-shame churchgoers who are stingy with restaurant servers following Sunday services. Called Sundays Are the Worst, pastor Chad Roberts' website posts stories from servers who had negative experiences being served by church members. According to a Facebook post, the submissions are pouring in, with each receiving a personal apology from Roberts' church. The site went live this month.

In the website's about section, Roberts credits one of last year's biggest restaurant scandals as his inspiration: the pastor who stiffed their server writing "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?" Roberts told the Kingsport Times-News earlier this month that the site will wrap on Easter Sunday, with a call for Christians to "double their tip and tell their server they're doing it because they appreciate them" and because of the website. The campaign will pick up again next year.

In the interview with WKPT's Ashton Bishop below, Roberts explains that he believes the problem of church attendees undertipping their servers "is real" and that he hopes his congregation can change the stereotype. "We want to take responsibility and we want to tell servers that not all Christians are like that." Go, watch:

· Sundays Are the Worst [Official]
· Church Launches Website for Servers to Vent [KTN via C Net]
· Ashton Bishop WKPT [Facebook]
· All Tips Coverage on Eater [-E-]