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Not every day is like Sunday

Last year a St Louis pastor, Alois Bell, set off an internet debate that was said to reach 'biblical' proportions. Unhappy about being forced to pay an automatic gratuity of 18 per cent at a local restaurant, Bell declined to leave a tip and instead left her two cents behind in ink scrawled on the receipt: 'I give God ten per cent, why do you get 18?'

Although she has since apologised for the remark ('a lapse in judgment that has been blown out of proportion,' she said, adding that she left a smaller tip in cash on the table) it gave another pastor an idea for a campaign to encourage Christians to behave more generously to wait staff. Called 'Sundays are the worst', it asks for restaurant workers to record their experiences of dealing with bad custom.

The pastor, Chad Roberts of Tennessee, says that churchgoers often don't realize how much their behaviour reflects on their faith, explaining, 'That's the purpose of this campaign, to cause them to realize that their attitude matters and it affects those around them.' The initiative began on last month and will continue until Easter Sunday, a day on which Roberts is encouraging people to double their tips.

Every server who submits a story to the campaign website will receive an apology from the church and a chance to win a gift card for groceries or gas. 'It's a way for our church to tell the serving community that we're sorry for what you have to go through on Sundays and that we really do appreciate you and what you do for our community,' Roberts said.