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(Lincoln Journal Star)   Couple gets happiest waitress at restaurant and when they ask why she's so joyful, she tells a tale that would leave most of us in the fetal position. What the couple tips her at the end of the meal is a bit dusty   (journalstar.com) divider line 138
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2014-01-06 09:15:29 AM
No need to have social programs that help these people.

The private sector is handling it.
 
2014-01-06 09:21:54 AM
But was she happy and gay?
 
2014-01-06 09:37:25 AM

Peki: ultraholland: "I couldn't believe it. I tried to thank them, and they said, 'thank God.'"

Good on them, but I'd prefer doing a good deed in the name of Satan. Nobody ever thanks him and I think that's why he's always in such a bad mood.

Seems like a good place to put this. - The Oklahoma Atheist


Now that is awesome!
 
2014-01-06 09:46:49 AM

ultraholland: "I couldn't believe it. I tried to thank them, and they said, 'thank God.'"

Good on them, but I'd prefer doing a good deed in the name of Satan. Nobody ever thanks him and I think that's why he's always in such a bad mood.


First thing that I thought of was "what a great world in which social injustice and economic want are remedied by unlikely happenstance and random charity".
 
2014-01-06 10:03:48 AM

muddythinker: I hope she does well, but pursuing majors in ministry and psych will mean she could make more money as a waitress.


Fark handle is appropriate.

/ministry-work people have a different definition of "doing well."
 
2014-01-06 10:05:02 AM
And this waitress did not play the fake racism or compulsive lesbian liar card.

See, there are some good white folk in the world.
 
2014-01-06 10:05:51 AM
She had just finished her first semester at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota, where she's studying youth ministry and psychology.

I think I found the problem with her being broke...
 
2014-01-06 10:10:55 AM
Hmm, so I was going to comment on how you shouldn't go to the media with stories like this, because then you'll have to report that tip on your taxes.  But, the guy spread it across a few checks.  Can she count the $100 as a tip, and the $5000 and $1000 as some kind of gift?
 
2014-01-06 10:14:14 AM
Sweet story, but did it make me cry? No
 
2014-01-06 10:17:10 AM

C18H27NO3: And you think we are sad. You're pathetic. And miserable.


Dude, every time you try to debate religion (particularly Christianity) with a believer and you make a point about how it is ENTIRELY made up bullshiat, that is the response you will get almost every farking time. Don't sweat it.
 
2014-01-06 10:23:28 AM
I think that I am going to throw up. Well, actually I am going to throw up.

ataglanztv.com
 
2014-01-06 10:32:07 AM
Stories like this sure do bring out the worst in some people around here. Or maybe that's their best. Which is sad.
 
2014-01-06 10:43:00 AM

C18H27NO3: Peki: You are equating all religion with Christianity, my friend. I think you need to read some.

/not all religions have a creator. Not all religions have a god. All religions are meant to tie people together in community.

I can appreciate what you are getting at except the 'tie the whole people together thing'.
I thought we did that just because it was the right farking thing to do. We need some fairy tale to tell us that?
Honest to goodness question: Do people really need religion to tell them how to behave to each other? Are some people that shallow?


Religion makes a lot of people happy. I'm sorry you're not.

Don't go acting like the right thing is always so obvious, though. Sometimes one needs to look to outside wisdom to determine what's right, and one source of wisdom can be religion.
 
2014-01-06 10:46:28 AM

NobleHam: Don't go acting like the right thing is always so obvious, though. Sometimes one needs to look to outside wisdom to determine what's right, and one source of wisdom can be religio


ha ha. Yup...every time.
 
2014-01-06 11:11:45 AM
*sigh*

Public disclaimer time: the over-generalizing anti-religious people do not represent all atheists.  Many of us are aware of awesome Christians who do not attend/rarely go to church nor buy into the BS spewed by many a crooked evangelist.  These guys have seen for themselves people nodding their heads in agreement at a Christmas mass within the walls of a church, then fighting each other to be the first out of the parking lot while flipping the bird to the fellow parishioners.  I've met many who believe in the Ten Commandments, who believe Jesus is god, and who also believe human kind has tainted the bible & many of the teachings are incorrect or flawed.  I call these folks "enlightened" because they believe with their eyes & ears open.  I don't see anything harmful or wrong with that whatsoever, even though it is very different than what I believe (not having faith & all)

TL;DR version: not all atheists over-generalize Christians.  Some of us grasp the notion of individuality.  Proceed with caution.
 
2014-01-06 11:27:02 AM
As someone who went through a similar childhood, I can say that it can lead to believing all sorts of irrational things. I, for one, believed that I was literally unworthy of being complemented until my late 20s. I turned compliment deflection into an art form. So, this girl's belief that a college accredited by a bogus accreditation group will give her a degree worth the paper it's printed on is not exactly a stretch.
 
2014-01-06 11:44:13 AM

C18H27NO3: Popular Opinion: C18H27NO3: Popular Opinion: C18H27NO3: Popular Opinion: people get different things out of the new testament.
i believe the message is simply to love each other and treat others as you would have them treat you.

What does that have to do with anything?

Please, justify human suffering to me.

i think you misinterpret god, or me, or both.

sh*t happens. there is no reason for it. people crash, fall down stairs, do bad things...
this is not part of some plan.

Oh, it's that interpreting thing again. How convenient. This whole religion thing has played out well past its prime.
It didn't take me 9 years of catholic school (thanks mom and dad) to realize what a total crock of shiat it is. The only thing I gained from it was a much better general education that I wouldn't have had from public schooling. That's it.
To be honest I guess it helped me realize the perpetual scam going around but I'm sure I would have figured that much out no matter my circumstances.
One thing rings true even now; you can take people out of the stone age but you can't take the stone age out of the people.

what scam is this?
sounds like you got nothing but your knickers in a twist.

Try to deflect. Typical. You know full well what I said.
If you actually do need help then I'm saying all religion is a scam. It's bullshiat propagated throughout generations to instill control of the masses and money to the maintainers. That's all it is, all it was, and all it ever will be until people grow the fark up and realize they've been had all this time.
You people are so sad.Yes, You People.
I find it rather easy to live a fulfilling life in which I'm also kind to other people without some rag telling me to do so.
I also think if I were on the level of your (oh yes, I'm going to say it) god then I think I would most likely NOT have suffering every single second of the day. Because that's what we have, people and animals suffering every single second of the day.
When I say that I don't thi ...


And this logic is why atheists want to start churches.

/They also tend to be petty and bitter. See comments above
 
2014-01-06 11:49:01 AM

Lee451: /They also tend to be petty and bitter. See comments above


Every time.
 
2014-01-06 11:53:39 AM
I'm going to go with Faaaaake too, this line stood out

When the men were finished eating, one told her he had graduated from Trinity.

Reads like an advertisement for Trinity to show how "jesus-y" they are
 
2014-01-06 12:49:52 PM

santadog: Popular Opinion: 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

So... God IS OK with the gays?


And incest apparently.
 
2014-01-06 01:28:00 PM
Yea, god has done so much for her and her siblings so far.

Did he just wake up, and try to make her life better after all these years?
 
2014-01-06 01:45:37 PM

kwame: Crewmannumber6: Good story, even if I do think it's fake.

If you need a point of reference to understand what a real fake story looks like, scroll back up the thread to this guy:

CoonAce: I have been tipped $500 a few times, given 1st class roundtrip airfare once, and hot sex on numerous occasions (once it was with 3 blondes visiting from MN).  There are some mighty generous people out there.  AMDG, men for others.


Believe what you will.  Scandalous shiat goes down in restaurants and bars, some rich folks with the black AmEx are loose with overtipping, and countless female tourists hit New Orleans looking for a buck-wild weekend.  It's all true.  For me it was polish, skill, charm, & hustle ... and lucky timing in the instance of airfare home for Mardi Gras.  (A rich older couple who were impressed with my service noticed my LSU necktie that night, and asked if I was homesick.  I explained that my dad's wedding was the following night in New Orleans & cashflow was too tight to make the trip while due to putting my wife through U-M law school, and on top of that it was going to be my first Mardi Gras I'd ever missed.  The husband put me on the first flight out the next morning, and the wife wrote a check out to cash for $500 pocket money.)  Pay it forward y'all, and have a good one.
 
2014-01-06 03:25:51 PM

Popular Opinion: proof that god exists?
even if only in the hearts of the charitable, it is tangible proof of his existence because if the real affect on people's lives.


And proof that god is an asshole, for letting her and her siblings suffer as they did for years.
 
2014-01-06 04:02:36 PM

C18H27NO3: Peki: You are equating all religion with Christianity, my friend. I think you need to read some.

/not all religions have a creator. Not all religions have a god. All religions are meant to tie people together in community.

I can appreciate what you are getting at except the 'tie the whole people together thing'.
I thought we did that just because it was the right farking thing to do. We need some fairy tale to tell us that?
Honest to goodness question: Do people really need religion to tell them how to behave to each other? Are some people that shallow?


Sometimes. Look at Wall Street. Would be nice if those guys had a little bit of religion, don't you think? It helps you remember the big picture, instead of always letting your own self-interest guide you.

I'm an atheist who doesn't think you need religion to be a good person, but becoming a UU is forcing me to address parts of my personality that aren't always nice or positive-minded. Plus, you can justify almost any action or belief to yourself; much harder when you have a group of folks looking at you going, "That's not such a good idea." You need that outside voice to counteract the BS you're telling yourself.
 
2014-01-06 04:27:24 PM

Peki: C18H27NO3: Honest to goodness question: Do people really need religion to tell them how to behave to each other? Are some people that shallow?

Sometimes. Look at Wall Street. Would be nice if those guys had a little bit of religion, don't you think? It helps you remember the big picture, instead of always letting your own self-interest guide you.


Great theory, but in reality, in general, the people lacking personal ethics and with low empathy and little conscience will just use the religion as a tool to justify their assholish ways rather than try to change them... Basically, the only people religion can make into "good" people were already mostly good to begin with... They may have made some mistakes along the way, but the important thing is that they already regret them because they already have personal ethics and feel bad about hurting others... The religion may give them an excuse or motivation to change for the better, and that's cool, but ultimately it only works because they're decent people with ethics and a conscience to start with... The sociopaths on Wall Street don't have any of that... Give them religion, and they'll just find a way to profit more off of it, and continue not caring about the harm they're doing... If they cared what others thought of them, they'd already be vulnerable to just normal societal pressure to act ethically without the need for a much smaller church group to do it...

/Disclaimer: I'm not calling everyone on Wall Street a sociopath... Necessarily...
 
2014-01-06 06:10:42 PM

Peki: Ah, and there's the guy who says "all religion is BS."

I swear to god it's 1999 again.


Can you prove that it's not bullshiat? Can you prove that people absolutely need to have a book of fairy tales in order to tell them how to live their lives?

Are you saying that churches somehow don't exist in order to control the masses?

/there's a very good reason I farkied you as 'potato' when you started making your rounds
 
2014-01-06 07:47:05 PM
Oh this is such farking bullshiat, how does this trite qualify as "news"? fark you. What is the moral of the story here? Tell your customers a sob story and they'll give you 6 grand? fark this
 
2014-01-06 09:07:12 PM

JosephFinn: A) A restaurant that accepts checks?

B)  Seems kind of odd to tell some random customer her life story.


Didn't read the article did you.

A) $5,000 dollar check for tuition written to the school.
    $1,000 dollar check written to her.
    Then on top of all of that left a hundred dollar tip, not a check that she split with another server.

B)The two Patrons kept asking her questions that she would answer.
 
2014-01-06 09:46:04 PM

C18H27NO3: If you were the absolute supreme being [...] You wouldn't even have to make such a thing as suffering.


Take this as a thought-experiment: Imagine a popular book or movie ("Iron Man 2", Harry Potter and the Unnecessary Sequel, "12 Years a Slave", The Lord of the Rings, etc) and remove all the suffering from it. If there's no conflict, no struggle between good guys and bad guys, no action, every character is just happy and content, the book/movie will be boring as fark. And nobody will read it or want to read it.

If the Creator is an author/director and humans are just actors playing out parts for an audience of beings outside our universe, this provides plausible explanations for the whole Problem Of Evil and why existence is filled with a sense of pervasive unsatisfactoriness. It does raise other troubling questions. What sort of audience would enjoy stories where Joe Sixpack gets colon cancer at 32, can't pay the huge medical bills, and dies painfully, leaving Jane Sixpack with horrible emotional trauma and a young son to support? And what sort of audience would have the actors on stage 24/7 with no green room or even any reassurance that when the gig's over, they can go home and get another gig?

There are flaws in this thought experiment--it's totally untestable, for one--but it provides an understandable/relateable explanation for why suffering exists. Also, every major religious tradition I know of would consider it horribly heretical.

/For further information, consult your pineal gland.
 
2014-01-06 10:37:44 PM

Inflatable Rhetoric: Popular Opinion: proof that god exists?
even if only in the hearts of the charitable, it is tangible proof of his existence because if the real affect on people's lives.

And proof that god is an asshole, for letting her and her siblings suffer as they did for years.


god doesn't exist in everyone my friend. that is pretty obvious, don't you think.
but thankfully, along with disturbed and worthless slime, there are good people with love and charity (god) in their hearts.
some may not even know it, or might not think of it that way,
god is not a being, he is a way of life, a way of looking at others, the desire to help others and to get joy from that.
 
2014-01-06 10:48:28 PM
So did everybody answer the survey question before reading the complete story?
 
2014-01-06 11:17:05 PM

SmithHiller: So did everybody answer the survey question before reading the complete story?


it was one question.
 
2014-01-06 11:33:16 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Peki: Ah, and there's the guy who says "all religion is BS."

I swear to god it's 1999 again.

Can you prove that it's not bullshiat? Can you prove that people absolutely need to have a book of fairy tales in order to tell them how to live their lives?

Are you saying that churches somehow don't exist in order to control the masses?

/there's a very good reason I farkied you as 'potato' when you started making your rounds


Hmm. My religion teaches that all life deserves dignity and respect. That all have a right to the free search for truth. The right to live in a just society. That all life is interdependent, so we should be mindful of how we treat each other and our environment.

This is BS? Sure, you don't need religion to believe in all that stuff, but it sure helps when you're raising kids and want to be part of a supportive community to have the same beliefs.

And no, I won't claim religion doesn't exist to control the masses, I think it does. Is that always such a bad thing, when you have crap like Wall Street? Might be my age, but I can see the value of a whole community that uses peer pressure to help people get along better.
 
2014-01-06 11:42:37 PM
Sounds like my mother's life story. And she's a gorgeous red head. Mmm. Time to take a road trip to a greasy spoon.
 
2014-01-07 06:31:20 AM

C18H27NO3: Is this the story in which god crashed the family car giving the mother an unrecoverable brain injury and making it so the father is unfit to be a father and then moving the children into homes where they were abused only to be moved to another home that they would again be abused and then ultimately having the girl work as a waitress only to be given a small amount of money and told to thank the deity that caused all this to happen in the first place?


The name of that waitress? Albert Einstein.
 
2014-01-07 09:04:23 AM
Cracker Barrel does take checks, and always has.
 
2014-01-07 09:12:17 AM
hoark hoark hoark hoark

not as good as a stripper sob story
but a happier ending
 
2014-01-07 11:12:27 AM
Gee. This article sounds like complete bullshyte. I guess I'd have to be an imbecile to believe a word of this.
 
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