Illinois Golfer Swallowed By 18-Foot Sinkhole

Illinois Golfer Swallowed By 18-Foot SinkholeThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 43-year-old Mark Mihal was golfing with buddies at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. when he suddenly disappeared into the ground, falling into a hole that measured roughly 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide.

‘Sudden and bizarre occurence’

Fortunately, Mihal was in good spirits despite dislocating his shoulder. He described the sudden and bizarre occurrence: “I was standing in the middle of the fairway. Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground.”

Mihal’s buddy then called the pro shop for help. General manager Russ Nobbe came in a hurry with what I would assume is the embarrassment of having your course eat people alive.   With the help of a ladder, some rope and good ol’ fashioned American ingenuity, the rescue only took about 20 minutes.

‘Unfortunate soul’

A geologist, Philip Moss, came to inspect the hole and offered that sinkholes are usually visible, but Mihal was just that unfortunate soul who “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

While the course is in Illinois, Moss went on to say sinkholes are relatively common in the St. Louis area, because the city sits on bedrock made of limestone that dissolves in rainwater.

Have you ever had a sporting experience as bizarre as this? Share your own “sinkhole” stories with us!

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

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Restaurant Fires Waitress For Posting Pastor’s Receipt

Restaurant Fires Waitress For Posting Pastor's ReceiptAn Applebee’s waitress who posted a receipt with a note from a pastor complaining about the automatic gratuity added to the bill on the Internet was fired on Wednesday after the pastor complained to her manager.


Chelsea Welch, the waitress, wrote in an email to Yahoo News that the pastor (who has since been identified as Alois Bell) told Welch’s manager at the St. Louis-area Applebee’s that the ensuing firestorm had “ruined” her reputation.

“I give God 10%,” Bell wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip and scribbling in an emphatic “0” where the additional tip would be. “Why do you get 18?” (There were more than eight people in Bell’s party, triggering the auto-tip.)

Welch, who snapped a photo of the bill from a fellow server and uploaded to Reddit, defended her right to post the receipt.

“I thought the note was insulting, but also comical,” she told “And I thought other users would find it entertaining.”

‘Stiffed on tips’

Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church, was not amused, and she called Welch’s manager to complain. A spokesman for Applebee’s said it apologized to Bell for violating her “right to privacy” and confirmed that Welch “is no longer employed by the franchise.”

Welch was surprised that Applebee’s fired her, “especially because there was nothing specific in the employee handbook admonishing this behavior.” Welch also isn’t buying Bell’s embarrassment. “If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone,” she said. “I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning.”

Do you think Chelsea Welch was fired unjustly for posting Pastor Alois Bell’s receipt on Reddit? Share your opinion regarding this termination issue over a social media post!

Source: Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

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