“[The employee] didn’t wake up the entire time. And no one came inside the restaurant,” Bowen told ABC News.
Not only did Bowen clean up after himself, he came back later to pay for the sandwich. When he dropped in, an employee told him the store wasn't thrilled with his adventure, reports WISTV. "Yeah," Bowen responded. "[I] guess old Waffle House just gonna have to take the L on that one."
After the story went viral, Bowen was contacted by a Waffle House manager who asked him to be a secret shopper and thanked him for pointing out "a flaw in their business."
Overall, Waffle House didn't seem jovial about the situation. "For safety reasons, our customers should never have to go behind the counter," the company said in a statement provided to ABC. "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."
WISTV reports the sleeping employee was suspended for one week.
h/t ABC News