Waffle House customer cooks own food while worker sleeps

By Ben Hooper  |  Dec. 4, 2017 at 10:48 AM
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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A South Carolina man who made a late night visit to his local Waffle House and found the sole worker asleep made the best of the situation and cooked his own food.

Alex Bowen, 36, of West Columbia, posted photos to Facebook of his 3 a.m. Thursday adventure at the diner, where he arrived to find the facility seemingly abandoned.

Bowen, who admitted to ABC News that he was "pretty inebriated," said he waited at the register for about 10 minutes before going outside to look for a Waffle House employee, but it wasn't until he went back into the kitchen to cook his own food that he found a worker asleep.

Bowen said the worker remained asleep for his entire time inside the restaurant.

"That's when I got hot on the grill with a Texas bacon cheesesteak melt," Bowen said. "[The employee] didn't wake up the entire time. And no one came inside the restaurant."

Bowen said he cleaned up after making his sandwich and returned to the eatery later in the day to pay for his food.

Waffle House reached out to Bowen and offered him a job as a secret shopper for the company.

"For safety reasons, our customers should never have to go behind the counter. Rather, they should get a quality experience delivered by friendly associates," Waffle House said in a statement. "We are reviewing this incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action. In a related note, obviously Alex has some cooking skills, and we'd like to talk to him about a job since we may have something for him."

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