Man Takes Late-Night Trip to Waffle House, Cooks Own Food After Finding Employee Asleep

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man made the best of a late-night trip to Waffle House and cooked food for himself after finding an employee sleeping on the job.

Alex Bowen told WIS-TV he couldn’t sleep and was hungry Thursday morning, so he went to the popular restaurant for a late-night snack. When he arrived, there were no other customers or employees in sight — so he walked outside to his car to search for signs of life.

When he walked back inside, Bowen noticed a single employee who was asleep.

After waiting a couple minutes, he jumped on the grill and started making his own food.

“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.”

Bowen documented the trip with pictures in a Facebook post.

Bowen stopped by the same Waffle House location Thursday afternoon and says the store isn’t very happy with his decision.

“[I] guess old Waffle House just gonna have to take the L on that one,” he told the station.

Bowen said he paid $5 for the melt when he returned.

According to a Waffle House spokesperson, the sleeping employee was suspended for a week.


  • Jodie

    Well you should be damn proud of this man hid did not rob you blind he did not hurt the sleeping employee he did not trash your building all he did was made his damn food he came for. Hire some real people that are not lazy or strung out . fire that damn employee and the person who hired that person..and to start with what business only have one person working ..why should you even be open if you can only afford to pay to have one person to do the night shift alone. This is not a safe environment to be working in. Close the doors . this man paid for his food but made it known that this place hires lazy loneres and has piss poor management. He even cleaned up the mess he made . more than he can say for the single passed out employee . all this gentleman did was make it known to the public of how poorly this place is run and being run..close the doors if there is such a big issue .. …. This gentleman is one of the good ones that are left. This business should be counting them self’s damn lucky that it was this guy n not someone who could have killer the employee n robbed u blind n left you with a pile of ash. He just impressed the company’s true colors ….

  • Jason

    Pretty dumb guy, in my opinion. What happens if he breaks equipment or worse ends up hurting or burning himself? Who is at fault there? For a 5 dollar sandwich, I’d of found somewhere else to grab a bite.

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