Waffle House is a godsend to people coming from the bars after a night of drinking. There have been plenty of strange and downright hilarious stories involving the restaurant; this story is one of the latter. After a night of drinking, Alex Bowen stumbled into Waffle House and waited to be served. Only nobody came.
After walking around the restaurant, Bowen proceeded outside to see if the staff had possibly gone on a smoke break and were unaware of his presence.
After 10 minutes passed and still no service, Bowen, who admitted he was fueled by a bit of liquid courage, hoped behind the grill and began cooking his own meal. “It was around 3 a.m. I was pretty inebriated,” he recalled.
He cooked his favorite meal, a Texas bacon cheesesteak melt. While cooking his food, he eventually noticed the Waffle House employee sleeping nearby. “[The employee] didn’t wake up the entire time. And no one came inside the restaurant,” the 36-year-old explained.
In his Facebook post, Bowen said that he took his meal to go and even cleaned up after himself. He took numerous photos of himself cooking behind the grill as he thought it would make a great story.
He posted his pictures and explained what had happened, and overnight the images and story went viral. The incident garnered so much attention that the Waffle House district manager asked him to become a secret shopper and thanked him for exposing some flaws in the restaurant, according to ABC News.
Bowen made a point to explain that he didn’t initially pay for his meal but went back the next day and paid the money he owed for the sandwich.
The South Carolina man hopes that next time there will be someone awake to cook his food but said, “If not, I’d know what to do.”
Bowen, the modest man that he is, couldn’t take all the credit. “I give all the credit to my old friend vodka,” he told Fox News. “I wouldn’t normally have done that.”