What would you do upon entering an empty restaurant and the only employee is sleeping on the job? Would you whip up a meal yourself, and post hilarious selfies chronicling your unusual cooking adventure like this guy? Amazingly, this man did not get into any trouble for taking matters into his own hands; instead, he became famous instantly!
After a few drinks with friends on Nov. 30, Alex Bowen, 36, a flooring installer from West Columbia, South Carolina, was craving a late-night snack. But when he walked into a local Waffle House at around 3 a.m., no one was ready to take his order.
“I got there and expected to be greeted by a smiling Waffle House employee, instead, I was greeted by nobody,” Bowen told WOLO-TV, an ABC affiliate.
Bowen, a former army medic, waited 10 minutes at the register; after that, he went outside.
“I walked back outside to look for employees,” Bowen told WIS-TV. “No one in sight.”
When he went back inside, he finally noticed one employee slumped over a table in a corner booth. However, the employee was sleeping.
Not wanting to wake up the “tired” employee, the somewhat tipsy Bowen decided to whip up a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt himself.
Bowen hopped over the counter and went into the unmanned kitchen to make it happen. “Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles,” he said.
He fried the bacon and stacked pickles on a slice of bread, while taking selfies to record his late-night culinary adventure.
“[The employee] didn’t wake up the entire time. And no one came inside the restaurant,” Bowen told ABC News.
Bowen did not forget to clean the grill before leaving the restaurant with his self-serve sandwich. But, he admitted he left without paying as he was “pretty inebriated.” When he sobered up a few hours later, he returned to Waffle House to pay $5 for the sandwich.
Bowen took to Facebook to post five photos detailing his unusual experience. One of the photos showed the sleeping employee, whilst the other four photos captured a grinning Bowen at Waffle House’s kitchen.
“…this is hilarious,” one Facebook user wrote.
Another added, “This would only happen to you Alex – and also, only you would do what you did.”
The Facebook post unexpectedly went viral, and Bowen became famous instantly.
Even the producer from the Steve Harvey Show got in contact to schedule an appearance on the variety show.
A Waffle House spokesperson told WIS-TV the sleeping employee had been suspended for one week.
In another statement, Waffle House said: “Our local Division Manager has spoken to Alex and apologized. For safety reasons, our customers should never have to go behind the counter.”
On a lighter note, Waffle House was impressed with Bowen’s cooking skills, and offered him a job.