Look, we get it. Sometimes, when babies are really little, it makes more sense to wash them in the sink. But grown adults, who are capable of driving cars and balancing checkbooks and holding down jobs at places like the Waffle House?
In Forrest City, Arkansas last week, that’s exactly what happened. “I just got out my phone and I just started to record,” Antonio Robinson told FOX13 Memphis, after reporter Scott Madaus discovered the video on Facebook. “I just thought it was nasty and I needed to let somebody see this.”
The video is pretty bad. One employee stands with her head bent over the pot of boiling water for nearly thirty seconds, while the other stands by with a towel, ready to help out. Oh, the kindness of friends! The willingness to go down with the ship.
The most gag reflex-inducing thing about the incident is that it was recorded within full view of dining customers. Were the employees not busy? Did they not have things to do, such as, perhaps, make waffles? Could they not have done this in some more discreet location, such as the employee bathroom toilet tank?
Whatever the case, the video made it up to Waffle House corporate, who promptly fired both employees involved and released a statement, saying, “After identifying the parties involved, they were immediately terminated. The health department has been out to the restaurant for an inspection which it passed and they have closed the case. We do not tolerate these behaviors and strive to provide a clean, safe environment for all our customers.”
Madaus — who seemed to make it his personal mission to get to the bottom of what actually happened — posted a photo of himself wearing a Waffle House t-shirt yesterday on Facebook, with the caption, “For the record…I love Waffle House.”
That’s great for him. And it’s also great that the restaurant came away with a passing health grade. But we might just stick with IHOP next time we’re craving all-day breakfast.