10 Strange Waffle House Stories
1. The man who masturbated in a Waffle House
On the afternoon of May 5, 2015, if you entered the Waffle House in Macon, Georgia that Emanuel Williams was working at, you might have gotten something more sunny side up than eggs!
According to police reports, Williams, 36, and a female coworker were the only employees in the restaurant when Williams announced that he was preparing to pleasure himself. The woman, who said she was on the phone at the time, told deputies that she did not take Williams seriously. When she finished her call, she “walked over to the suspect to see if he really was jacking his penis, and he was,” an investigator said.
She then recorded Williams masturbating on her cell phone, telling investigators she did it because she “knew no one would believe her” when she later recounted the incident.
She told Williams that he shouldn't be surprised if the video began circulating, and he “stated that he didn't care.” She posted the video on Facebook and sent it to the local news. The newly fired Williams and his girlfriend then sent threatening messages to his ex-coworker.
Williams was already on the Bibb County sex offenders list due to a 1999 rape conviction for which he served nearly a decade in state prison. He was charged with public indecency and probation violation.
2. The rock star's Waffle House brawl
On October 21, 2007, musician, Kid Rock's tour bus stopped at the Waffle House after a performance in downtown Atlanta. While at the restaurant, Rock (Robert J. Ritchie) got into a heated argument with another customer, Harlen Atkins. The disagreement soon turned into a brawl outside of the Waffle House.
Rock insisted Akins insulted a member of his entourage while Akins maintained that he was speaking to the woman about text messages and phone calls he received from her. “I still don't even know what I said to him to start him jumping on me,” Akins later said in court. Rock said he only verbally—not physically—attacked Atkins, but was arrested an hour later. He was sentenced a year's probation, six hours of anger management counseling, fined $1,000 and had to do 80 hours of community service.
Three years after the incident, Atkins won $40,000 from Rock and company in punitive damages. The star ended up paying 15% while Guitarist Jason Krause paid the majority of the sum, 70 % because he was found to have lobbed the first punch. Rock's personal assistant and his executive assistant also paid a portion of the $40,000.
Rock and Atkins were reported to have been drinking at the time of the scuffle.
3. The diner who killed an armed robber at a Waffle House
On January 21, 2012, two men entered a Waffle House in South Carolina and tried to rob the business. After ordering customers to the floor, a diner with a concealed weapon permit aimed his gun at 18-year-old Dante Lamont Williams, one of the alleged robbers. The customer asked the suspect to put his gun down and wait for deputies, but Williams pointed his gun at the customer instead, according to deputies.
The customer shot and killed Williams as his accomplice, 29-year-old Kenneth Jowan Craig, tried to flee the scene. Craig was arrested later that night and charged with armed robbery, according to the AP.
I wonder if the customer gets free waffles for life at that Waffle House?
4. The man who drove into a Waffle House to kill his wife
A Panama City, Florida Waffle House was the site of a bizarre murder attempt by a man who drove his truck into the restaurant.
In August 2011, Charles Patrick O'Bryan was charged with attempted murder and felony criminal mischief after making good on his threat by an earlier phone call to the restaurant to "run his truck through the building," police said.
During a phone call, O'Bryan also vowed to “kill everyone” inside of the restaurant after becoming extremely angry that his wife was not able to come to the phone.
The angry husband smashed his 1987 Ford pick-up truck into the building hitting his wife, Danielle Gibbons, in the process. She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
O'Bryan exited his pick-up truck wielding a knife, but was subdued by a man armed with a twisted piece of metal from the Waffle House's shattered exterior.
Well, that's one way of recycling!
5. The man who robbed a Waffle House…with a pitchfork
For this entry, not only do you get a great, kooky story of a Waffle House robbery, but newscaster Pat Collins gave a superb report on the incident complete with a pitchfork prop!
The Washington D.C. reporter gave a very animated report on Jeffrey Willard Wooten, the man who robbed a Waffle House with a pitchfork.
Wooten was wearing coveralls, a ski mask and and carried the pitchfork when he entered the Buford Highway breakfast eatery in Norcross, GA.
“When he realized he couldn't get the cash register open, he took the whole cash register and exited the store … with his pitchfork,” Norcross police Chief Warren Summers told news station.
Wooten then ditched the weapon as he skedaddled out of there, but two restaurant employees grabbed it and used it to smash the back window of Wooten's truck, police said. The police later detained Wooten and justice was pitched, I mean served.
6. The woman who went to jail rather than pay her $7.46 Waffle House bill
In October 2008, a woman refused to pay her bill after eating at a Waffle House in Ft. Pierce, Florida. According to a police report, Maryanne O'Neill ordered a coffee and a sandwich but refused to pay the bill. The police were called to the restaurant and after the officer asked her to pay, and she refused, he took the 66-year-old to jail.
O'Neill was charged with obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud, a second-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, she could face up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.
The topix.com forum “Madman” did the math in the comments section: “Police Officer salary to arrest transport and book 3hrs. @ 25.00=$75.00, Jail Guard x 3 @ 15.00 hr x 8 hr= $360.00, jail meal(s) $5.00, admin. Charges - $50.00, first appearance hearing - $250.00, admin. Charges for release $50.00, future court costs $300.00.........a $7.85 meal will cost the taxpayers $1090.............thanx loser waffle house, your food sucks too.”
Perhaps, O'Neill was looking for more free food and a place to stay, like jail?
7. The woman who tried to put a cheeseburger on her foot after having sex in a Waffle House parking lot
This couple put the “freak” in freaky when they decided to have sex in the parking lot of the Waffle House in Loganville, Georgia.
According to a police report, a couple was caught having sex in a Dodge truck parked in front of the restaurant at around 1:30 am. The truck reeked of alcohol.
The officer told the lovers to get dressed and show him their licenses. While the man immediately put his pants on, the woman simply sat in the passenger's seat, buck-naked. The officer had to tell her numerous times to put her clothes on. When the female finally got dressed, she attempted to put a cheeseburger on her foot as if it were a sandal. The man and his cheeseburger-wearing companion were later arrested for public intoxication and loitering charges.
8. The waiter who chased down dine-and-dashers and clung to the hood of their car at 60 mph
The waiter who chased down dine-and-dashers and clung to the hood of their car at 60 mph
In June 2010, as three teens tried to do the old “dine and dash” after finishing their meal at a Murfreesboro, Tennessee Waffle House, they almost ran over waiter Andrew Brian McKnight. McKnight said he wasn't trying to be a hero, but climbed onto the hood when the driver tried to run over him in his escape.
The Daily News Journal reported that during the five-minute ordeal, the car reached speeds up to 60 miles per hour. In the midst of the daredevil-like danger, McKnight managed to fish his cell phone out of his pocket and called 911.
The driver had stopped shortly before police arrived. One of the teens, an 18-year-old, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The other teens in the car were minors and were not charged.
9 The loyal patron who had his funeral at a Waffle House
The loyal patron who had his funeral at a Waffle House
Not all Waffle House patrons are bad. The late Lawrence Clark was probably among the most loyal to his local franchise.
When he died without many relatives to eulogize him in 2003, the folks at the Waffle House where he ate once a day took matters into their own hands and had a funeral for him at the restaurant.
About three dozen cooks, employees and patrons of the restaurant gathered in the parking lot to pay tribute to the man also known as “the Waffle House taxi service” because he drove many people to their jobs when they didn't have transportation.
Clark's cremated remains were placed on the hood of a Chevrolet parked in his favorite parking space. Large boards were also displayed. Family photos were covered with funeral wreaths and flowers.
Inside the restaurant, Clark's niece set up his favorite chair with his jacket slung on the back. Black coffee, milk and cigarettes sat on the counter, just the way he liked it.
"You could go from Braselton to the South Carolina line, and people in Waffle House will know him," waitress Terri Treadaway said of Clark.
10 The four senior citizens who planned a terrorist attack at a Waffle House
The four senior citizens who planned a terrorist attack at a Waffle House
In November 2011, four senior citizens entered a Waffle House in Toccoa, Georgia to meet up. Turns out, they wanted more than breakfast. They used the restaurant to meet up and plan a killing spree to “save the Constitution.”
The four men, Samuel Crump, Frederick Roberts, Ray Adams, and Dan Roberts, named themselves "the covert group.” They allegedly used the online novel of a frequent Fox News guest named Mike Vanderboegh as a model for a terrorist plot against America. FBI recordings revealed that the elderly men planned to kill government officials and citizens using toxic agents.
The men were arrested and charged with terrorism plots to purchase "an unregistered explosive device and silencer and to manufacture the biological toxin ricin," according to an FBI report.