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I am the lead pastor of PCC. I began PCC in January 2001. We started the church with less than 10 people, we now have over 300 that call PCC home. This website has been designed let servers know that there are Christians who care about the way they are treated on Sundays. We will write a personal apology to each person that submits to this site because it really bothers us the way the "Church Crowd" acts. Learn more about PCC and the way we think at www.experiencepcc.com then come check us out in person in Downtown Kingsport!

Regular Joe

I am appalled at the stories I am reading here. For folks that say they are holding themselves to God’s standards act this way leaves me sitting here with my mouth open. There are SO many things wrong on SO many levels that I don’t know where to start so I will just say for all of you who are claiming to be Christians, please try to treat your servers as if you were dealing with Jesus himself. ……And maybe our churches should try a bit harder to educate their flock about the Christian way to treat others.
Honestly, I am concerned the direction The Church is heading if this is how we conduct ourselves in public.

Server

The place where I work gets a lot of after Church activity for the lunch Buffet. Most people are okay and tip about 10% which is fine but than I do have the 4-5 tables every week that don’t tip at all and another 1-2 tables that leave these fake $10 bills that look real until you touch them & realize they are religious pamphlets.  I think the “fake tip tables” actually bother me more than those who just stiff us because they are playing someone’s emotions. Honestly, walking up to a table and seeing what you think is money and than realizing it is just someone trying to force there religious views on you is maddening.

Another thing, at least twice a month I’ll get a table that insists on getting to know my religious views and when I refuse to answer, assume I am atheist. Than I get handed more pamphlets about Jesus. I was raised to believe it was rude to ask someone personal questions like that and find it hard to be nice to people who do.

This makes it sound like I don’t like the after church crowd because I do. Some of my favorite regular customers are a part of the crowd and are sweethearts who even if they don’t tip as much as they should, make me feel better by being amazing people.

So judgemental

I grew up.in this area and for the most part wouldn’t have had it any other way. I have attwnded several of the churches in and around Kingsport and have found that although many of them have a friendly crowd while attending they are quick to judge and are very judgemental of you if you are not “up to their standards or their dress code”. I have often wondered why that is and think back to being in church as a child. Im not sure of the whole passage but in particular one part says”judge not least ye be judged.” Im not perfect nor do I pretend to be. Like the others posting here I have worked in food but fpr me thats all I’ve ever done. I dont expect charity or anyone to be perfect but dont sit and judge me or the others around you just because we dont attend services on sunday and we work serving your meals that you are not at home cooking. The only way you don’t have to do some kind of work on Sunday is because someone else is doing it for you!working in a small restaurant that only seats a out 50 ppl you tend to hear alot of conversations unintentionally especially if you only have a few ppl working. My point is talking about ppl and being rude when they are making you food is just not a good thing. I’ve actually had employees walk off from their assigned positions and clock out and leave because of a sunday church goer being rude to them because they hadn’t attended church in some time because they worked alot on Sundays. Many of those working in establishments on Sundays are young and have families they are trying to keep fed and for some the best time they can work is an open to close shift on a sunday because a family member has graciously offered to keep their children and take them to Sunday service.

I can’t understand why anyone would want to go to church….

I work in a small restaurant in this area and have been in church my whole life.  I know most of the people in this area and most of my customers. Sundays are the worst.  We work a lot of hours and with Sunday being the busiest for lunch and we all have to work.  Since I started there I haven’t had a Sunday off and I miss being able to go to church!  We Are a family business and some of my family does not believe in God or church.  So when the “church crowd” shows up rude, hateful, quick tempered and just down right awful sometimes its hard to be a witness.  I personally had a new pastor ask me if I went to church.  I told him If I didn’t have to work on Sundays and Wednesdays I would love to be there. He questioned me every time I went by the table.  Made rude comments on why I was working and it made me upset.  Not only that this past Sunday he brought in a group. They were very rude. Even other customers noticed.  That night when we were closing  someone said “I can’t understand why anyone would want to go to church.  How can  you want to be around these people? And  this is why he will never step foot in a church”
It hurts me to think that lives may be in the balance. How you act and what you do while representing a church does affect those around you.

After church on Sunday is the most hateful people…

I work at a local grocery store and after Church on Sunday is the most hateful people.  I believe they need to go back to church until the Good Lord tenders their heart and fills them with love for others.
We do have a local choir director that is a joy to serve and is a true example of Christ’s love.
There is a woman “preacher” that acts like Satan’s preacher.  She is rude, hateful and insulting to most of the people serving her which is the exact opposite of Christ’s teaching.  One Sunday she asked me who fried the chicken, I told her I did and she refused to buy that chicken because she had never had any that I had fixed.  I had to get a coworker to fry her chicken although what was there was very fresh and all chicken is fried the same way.  She had to make a big scene and before hers was ready what was ready fried was gone.  She really makes a person want to go to church!
This woman preacher also brags about her Mercedes and her hugh dog that is her prized procession.  With her “worldly items” she gets food stamps.  What a fine example of what a Christian is NOT!

Never tipped or even said thank you…

There were these people that would come in every Sunday. This was a biracial family. There were 5 of them. I am not racist at all but I get tired of people feeling like everyone is racist or that you are being rude to them. The man that was I think the father was white but his daughter, her husband and their daughter were all black. He is/was a well known Pastor in his church. He always ordered for his family, and always sent something back to the kitchen and complained so he got food for free. They never tipped or even said thank you. This was the complete opposite of what I thought they would be like. You just finished church worship and you\’re all cranky. All I wish is they would show a little kindness in their hearts for other people. It is not about the money. It is about the gratitude your express to others helping you.

We make $2.13 an hour…

In my opinion Sunday mornings are one of the worst days for a restaurant server because the people that come in to dine after church look down upon the person serving them because they are working and not attending services at church. If all restaurants were closed on Sundays then who would be serving you and your family when you go out to dine after church? Also, not to sound rude but those little pamphlets about Jesus and what not are a nice gesture but should not take the place of a monetary tip. We made $2.13 an hour, have to pay the host/bussers out of our own money PLUS pay taxes on it all whether we make it or not. So the $2.00 on a $50.00 tab and a pamplet really just means we did our job for free for you. And just because someone chooses to wait tables for a living and works on Sunday does not in any way mean that he/she doesn’t know Jesus/go to church when they can/or isn’t religious. Sunday’s are usually a pretty busy day and we need to work busy days to make money to pay our bills and feed our families too.

Loudest mouth at the Table…

On Sundays I occasionally worked a cocktail shift that consisted of me and a bartender handling the entire cocktail section alone from 11:00am until the night shift server came in around 4:00pm. I would work with the night shift server until the rush was over, usually going home around 7:00pm. Most of the time this was a great shift, allowing me to benefit from the brunch crowd, the evening dinner crowd and the mid-afternoon beer drinking ballgame watchers.

One week after a particularly stressful brunch and afternoon rush I was looking forward to getting out a little earlier than usual. My relief was in, business was slow, bar was stocked, side work was finished and tables were up to spec. While finishing up the last of my duties a party of ten came in – a crowd of children, adults and seniors all fresh from a Sunday night church service. For whatever reason they were going to be seated in the closed cocktail section and I was asked to pick them up. I was quite disappointed to have to take a party when I had everything ready to close but was never one to gripe about the opportunity to make more money so I obliged and a few moments later I was introducing myself to ten strangers.

Overall, the people were quite pleasant. Everyone was polite and friendly, no special orders, food came out quickly, etc. Things were about to get weird, though.

While pre-bussing the table, I overheard the middle-aged gentleman at the head of the table – also the loudest mouth at the table – leading a conversation about gay marriage. Personally, I am not gay but I am a strong supporter of gay marriage and the LGBT community but I knew this table was almost finished so my approach was to just not look at anybody while pre-bussing for fear that someone would try to bring me into the conversation.

The man at the end of the table requested that the tab be brought to him so I brought it to him. Usually I would say something along the lines of “Please take your time – no rush,” – a comment that doesn’t require a response but that day was apparently enough to tell the man that I was looking to have a conversation so he piped up.

“What about you, buddy?”

“…What about me?” I said.

“Are you married?” he asked.

“No. Well, not yet, at least. I’m engaged.”

“Well uh…Is it to a woman?” was his next question.

“Of course it’s to a woman!” his wife yelled at him and I agreed in a much more polite manner.

At this point my mind began to race. “Why would he ask such a thing?” I kept asking myself.

“Okay,” he continued. “I just saw the rings and bracelets you had on there and wasn’t quite sure where you, uh…stood. I was going to base my tip off of that.”

At the time I was still in college – probably 21 or 22 years old. I wore a silver band across the ring finger of my right hand and Celtic knot ring on the thumb of the same hand. I also wore two hemp bracelets on the left arm, one on the right. Never had I considered these accessories as surefire indicators of my sexuality or anyone else’s for that matter, so why had he?

In the end the man left me a very generous tip but I couldn’t help but feel that by accepting it I had somehow gone against everything I believed and stood for. Even more, I couldn’t stop feeling sorry for the children in his family that have him as an example and role model. I couldn’t help but think of how friendly and Christ-like this man probably presented himself as no more than two hours previously and I also wondered about how many other servers he had done something similar to.