A South Carolina man looking for a late-night snack went to Waffle House for his favorite breakfast meal — only to find all the employees asleep on the job.
Alex Bowen toldhe couldn’t sleep after a night of drinking, so he walked to the West Columbia restaurant, but couldn’t get any service.
Bowen said he walked outside to look for employees and waited several minutes before taking matters — or rather, ingredients — into his own hands.
He eventually noticed a sleeping employee in a corner booth, but was already in the middle of making his meal and didn’t wake the worker.
“Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles,” Bowen said. “When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out.”
In a Facebook post, Bowen posted pictures of the sleeping employee, himself behind the counter and cooking the food on the grill.
“I give all the credit to my old friend vodka,” Bowen said. “I wouldn’t normally have done that.”
The inebriated funnyman returned to the restaurant later that day and paid for his meal, according to ABC.
A Waffle House representative said the sleeping employee was suspended for a week and that a restaurant official had spoken with Bowen about the incident.
“Our local Division Manager has spoken to Alex and apologized,” a statement from Waffle House said. “For safety reasons, our customers should never have to go behind the counter. Rather they should get a quality experience delivered by friendly associates. We are reviewing this incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action.”
The restaurant also poked fun at the situation, noting that Bowen obviously had “some cooking skills” and suggested that he come work for them.
Bowen said he hoped that the next time he visited Waffle House, an employee would be awake to cook his order. “But if not, I’d know what to do,” he said.
While Bowen’s drunken escapade is certainly funny, we can’t help but point out that employees of this caliber are the same ones who demandfor their services.
This is why no one takes fast food workers seriously when they contend that they somehow “deserve” to make higher wages than some folks with college degrees, first responders, and other skilled workers.
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