Members of a popular internet forum have been furious after a housekeeper shared religious literature they received as extra compensation for a weekend of hard work.
In a viral thread posted to Reddit’s r/mildlyinfuriating, Redditor u/broseidon2234 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) posted a photo of a fake $50 bill adorned with a Bible verse and expressed his disappointment with receive counterfeit currency under cover of a substantial cash tip.
“I work as a cleaner at a state park,” OP began. “People usually tip us to thank us for our hard work, but yesterday we found this.”
Scribbled on the back of what appears to be a real $50 bill is the message: “SOME THINGS ARE BETTER THAN MONEY”, as well as a passage on salvation, the affirmation that prayer is superior to money and the verse John 3:16.
“Like your eternal salvation, which was purchased and paid for by Jesus going to the cross,” the passage reads. “If you wish to accept the most precious thing in this life, pray this prayer, believing and receiving what you pray for.”
Titled “I don’t mind hearing about the word of God, but it’s just bad,” the thread posting the bogus bill received nearly 17,000 upvotes and 1,500 comments in the past day.
Dating back to at least 2006, when AOL reported that attendees at a Southern Baptist convention flooded establishments in Greensboro, North Carolina, with similar bills of Bible verses, these types of bogus cash tips are become an internet staple – never more prominent than in 2015, when the two Business Intern and Eater covered a waiter from Wichita, KS who thought he got an extra $20 from a party before realizing it was a brochure for Christianity.
Despite repeated appearances online and in restaurants across the United States, non-monetary tips are often detrimental to low-wage workers.
While the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25, the federal minimum wage for tipped employees currently sits at an even meager $2.13.
Already dependent on a myriad of factors, including the quality of service and the generosity of customers, tipped wages may remain low, especially given record inflation rates and a tightening of the belt at the nationwide scale that has left many local restaurants on their stomachs.
Recently, Newsweek reported on a number of Reddit threads detailing other tipping controversies, ranging from families who completely refuse to tip, to humiliating table games in which servers are forced to watch their tips slip away. every minute of error.
In the majority of cases, Redditors immediately took up arms, loudly pleading for underpaid service workers who were in desperate need of extra money.
In the case of the viral thread posted by u/broseidon2234, the reaction was the same, with Redditors leaving scathing replies throughout the thread’s crowded comment section.
“The [is] a special place [in Hell] for those posting about fake money like this,” Redditor u/Anxious_Jellyfish216 wrote in the lead comment of the post, which received over 2,000 votes.
“They spread the word of God by associating their religion with anger,” added Redditor u/LakeEarth. “A bold strategy.”
Redditor u/Sweaty-Adeptness1541, whose comment received nearly 2,000 votes, argued that the dollar amount associated with bogus tips can make all the difference.
“If it was just a $1 bill, it would be so much less bad,” they wrote.
“If some things are worth more than money, why didn’t this person share a little more of theirs?” Redditor u/MiIllIin chimed in.
In a separate comment, which received over 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Severedghost was candid in its assessment of the counterfeit money phenomenon.
“My salvation does not pay my rent,” they assured.
Newsweek contacted u/broseidon2234 for comment.