Alex Bowen was drunk and hungry so he walked to a West Columbia, South Carolina Waffle House early Thursday morning, November 30, to get some food.
When he got to the restaurant Bowen didn't see the lone employee asleep in a booth. After waiting 10 minutes he decided to hit the grill himself.
"I walked back outside to look for employees," Bowen told WISTV. "No one in sight. Walked back in and waited a few more minutes and then it was go time,"
Bowen chronicled his adventure by taking several hilarious selfies, which he later posted on his Facebook account. (https://www.facebook.com/alex7781/posts/1648772611809615)
"Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles," Bowen added. "When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out. I give all the credit to my old friend vodka. I wouldn't normally have done that."
He didn't pay for the meal, but did give the employee $5 when he went back to the Waffle House later that afternoon to check things out.
Bowen was told that restaurant management didn't find the humor in his exploits.
"Yeah," Bowen said. "[I] guess old waffle house just gonna have to take the L on that one."
Waffle House suspended the sleeping employee for a week and issued the following statement:
"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. 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."