Waffle House customer makes own meal while employee sleeps

When a South Carolina man found a Waffle House’s only employee asleep, he decided to make the food himself.

Alex Bowen was returning from a night of drinking when he visited the restaurant to satisfy an early-morning food craving.

He waited for about 10 minutes for someone to appear and take his order, before hopping over the counter and getting to work.

“It was around 3 a.m. I was pretty inebriated,” Bowen told ABC News.

Bowen searched the premises for an employee, but the restaurant appeared to be empty.

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“That’s when I got hot on the grill with a Texas bacon cheesesteak melt,” Bowen told ABC News.

Bowen recorded the escapade with a series of selfies.

He said that while he was cooking, he noticed a Waffle House employee sleeping. He said the restaurant worker “didn’t wake up the entire time.”

Bowen also said he was the only customer to enter the restaurant while he was busy in the kitchen.

A courteous Bowen even cleaned up after he was done making the meal.

He didn’t pay for the meal at the time — since there was nobody to take his money. But he returned the following day to pay for the sandwich.

A Waffle House manager was amused by the stunt. They said that while they were impressed by Bowen’s cooking skills, customers should never get behind the counter — for safety reasons.

Bowen may have inadvertently earned himself a job offer, though.

“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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