When some people kick back and have some drinks, they like to spend a classy evening in, sipping on adult beverages with friends. For other people, drinking is the start to a night of adventure. But either way, by the end of your evening, you're probably going to need some food in your belly. In particular, greasy, unhealthy diner food is just the thing you may end up craving. In that case, there's one place that's a natural fit.
If you're in a certain part of the U.S., then the ideal place to go after a night of drinking is often the Waffle House. If you live in the north, you may have to settle for a Denny's or Taco Bell or McDonald's. But in the south, there's a good chance that the Waffle House will end up being your final destination.
This is Alex Bowen of Three Fountains, South Carolina. In November, this former Army sergeant had his own adventure where he ended up at a Waffle House. But in this case, the Waffle House wasn't just where the adventure ended, it was where it all happened.
Alex went to the restaurant hoping to order himself a burger. Seems like a reasonable plan that many drunk customers have been able to pull off on multiple occasions. However, this time, something wasn't quite right.
Alex walked into the Waffle House, but instead of finding an employee to greet him, he found this. Alex took a blurry picture, but in case you can't tell, it's an employee fast asleep at a table. Other than Alex and the sleeping worker, the restaurant was completely empty.
"As I was going around the corner, I saw the sleeping employee and they looked tired, they were sleeping," Alex said. "I was like, ‘go ahead and rest fam, I got this.'" So, as far as Alex was concerned, he was just doing a favor for a sleepy worker.
So what did Alex make while having free reign over the Waffle House Kitchen? "Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles," he said. So this is actually the one time where if the chef got his order wrong, it would have been his own fault.
After making the sandwich, the employee was still fast asleep. "When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out," Alex said. He could have completed the entire act without anyone else knowing it had happened.
However, Alex felt like this was a story worth sharing with the public. "I expected I would share it on Facebook, a couple of my friends would see it, like it, comment on it and it would pass into history as most things I have done have," he said. But then the story went viral, and everyone found out about his Waffle House adventure.
Although Alex initially didn't leave any money for his food, he later set things right. He returned the following Thursday and forked over five dollars. However, the Waffle House wasn't too pleased that Alex entered the restaurant without a non-sleeping employee on duty.
In a statement from Waffle House, they said, "Our local Division Manager has spoken to Alex and apologized. For safety reasons, our customers should never have to go behind the counter. Rather they should get a quality experience delivered by friendly associates." In other words, while Alex's trip behind the counter earned a lot of publicity, they don't want people to make a habit of it.
When asked about his adventure at Waffle House, Alex said, "I give all the credit to my old friend vodka." Meanwhile, a week later Alex posted this picture of himself in front of an IHOP. No word yet on if they had people cook his food for him or if he did it himself.