All Of The Horrible Things That Have Happened At Denny's

No matter who you are, you’ve spent at least one incredibly late night eating sub par pancakes and drinking lukewarm coffee at a Denny’s. Because of it’s 24 hour open door policy and inexpensive breakfast food, crazy Dennys stories are all over the news. From Dennys deaths, to drunk drivers ramming their cars into the restaurant after getting a 2am moons over my hammy. After reading the stories on this list of bad things that happened at Dennys you’ll come to the same conclusion that we have, that Denny’s is basically the Florida of all night diner chains.

If you’re lucky, your Dennys horror stories have more to do with your waitress forgetting to bring you ketchup, or your burger being undercooked. However, if you’re like the people on this list you’ve been held up at gun point, beaten up by a methed out cross dresser, or you’ve had to escape a burning diner. Most of the stories on this list have the grimy sheen of white trash all over them, but at least one tale of Denny’s debauchery concerns an American hero that felt like making a burger his way. Prepare yourself for some all you can eat pancakes and read on to find out about all the horrible things that have happened at Denny’s.

Vote on the craziest thing that’s happened at a Denny’s, and if you’ve had a miserable experience at the late night staple tell us about it in the comments. Or if you know of a nutso news story that happened at Denny’s that we didn’t cover, feel free to add it to the list.
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  • 1
    175 VOTES

    Man Sexually Assaults 10 Year Old Girl in Bathroom

    Man Sexually Assaults 10 Year Old Girl in Bathroom
    Photo: L.A. Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
    On New Years Day in 2014 a complete nightmare of a person walked into the women's bathroom of a Los Angeles Denny's and sexually assaulted a 10 year old girl as she was trying to exit. If that isn't horrible enough, the girl's family was eating dinner a few feet away while the assault was happening. 
    175 votes
  • 2
    122 VOTES

    Cook Shot During Armed Robbery

    Cook Shot During Armed Robbery
    Photo: coolmikeol / Flickr
    In 2009, three guys tried to rob an Albuquerque Denny's and ended up killing a short order cook with a shotgun. The cook was making pancake batter when one of the robber's slipped on ice and the gun accidentally discharged.  
    122 votes
  • 3
    91 VOTES

    Man Smashes Up a Denny's Trying to Find His Phone

    Man Smashes Up a Denny's Trying to Find His Phone
    Photo: waferboard / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    In 2014, a guy wearing only a a leopard-print bikini top and a black skirt totally destroyed the inside of a Denny's by hurling coffee cups and glasses before he stole a customer's cell phone and fled the scene. The restaurant's manager said, “He went behind the counter, grabbed a soup ladle and tossed it. He hit a patron with a skillet plate, threw glasses and took a cellphone from another patrol and left.” Now that's how you make an impression. 
    91 votes
  • 4
    136 VOTES

    Server Accepts Oral Sex as a Tip

    Server Accepts Oral Sex as a Tip
    Photo: YouTube
    At a seemingly empty Denny's, a server agreed to receive a beej in lieu of a tip and duh one of the other diners filmed it. Double duh, the server who got serviced was served with his walking papers soon afterwards. Denny's HQ released a statement that said, "We are very disturbed by the inappropriate and offensive behavior of the server that was in the video. His actions were inexcusable, and as such, he was immediately terminated and no longer works for Denny’s."
    136 votes
  • 5
    107 VOTES

    Customer Burns Down Restaurant Because of Slow Service

    Customer Burns Down Restaurant Because of Slow Service
    Photo: Pixabay
    Sometimes when you're waiting forever for service at a restaurant, all you want to do is burn the place down. Christopher Maddocks, a man from San Antonio, decided to teach the servers of Denny's a lesson and set their Christmas tree on fire. Maddocks was sentenced to eight years in prison. 
    107 votes
  • 6
    92 VOTES

    Drunk Jerk Assaults Waitress

    Drunk Jerk Assaults Waitress
    Photo: Wikimedia
    At a Bolingbrook, Il Denny's, a drunk man, Miguel A. Garay-Rojas, wouldn't stop inappropriately touching a 22 year old waitress after she refused to give him her phone number. When the police arrived the waitress was "visibly upset and began to cry as she pointed towards the two men seated at the table."
    92 votes