Man fires up grill at Waffle House as worker sleeps

A former Army medic says a late-night drunken craving for a bacon cheese steak melt led him to bend the law and fire up an unmanned grill at Waffle House to fry one up for himself.

“Couldn’t sleep so I went to [Waffle House] …guess what…everyone on shift was asleep,” Alex Bowen, a 36-year-old flooring installer from West Columbia, SC posted on his Facebook page Nov. 30.

The post — accompanied by a photo of the cook asleep and hilarious selfies of Bowen as he took over the kitchen – went viral.

Bowen told The Post on Sunday he was on his way home after drinking with buddies at a local bar early Thursday when he passed by the chain restaurant and his stomach began grumbling.

He said he stood at the register for 10 minutes waiting for someone to take his order and even went out back to check if someone were there.

“That’s when I started grilling me up a Texas bacon cheesesteak melt,” he said.

Bowen said he didn’t feel what he was doing was wrong.

“Honestly, I started because I was just so darn hungry and no one was there. I thought, ‘I’m gonna start cooking and someone will come by, for sure.’”

He said he cooked the meal, wrapped it up in a take-out container and cleaned the grill. It was when he was cooking, he said, that he saw the one employee fast asleep.

The father-of-three admitted he didn’t initially pay for the sandwich, but once he slept and digested, came back later with the money.

ABC News reported Sunday it contacted the Waffle House for comment and was told a district manager had reached out to Bowen, thanked him for pointing out a flaw in their business – and then offered him a job as a cook.

But Bowen said he hadn’t yet heard from the chain’s head office.

“They’re offering me a job as a cook?” he said. “First I’m hearing about it.”

Bowen said he’s already gainfully employed at Family Man’s Flooring and likes his job.

“I know my video went viral, and I’m happy people think it’s funny. I’d do it again, as long as I was hungry enough,” he said.

Credit: NY Post

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