What kind of crime could possibly go down at a diner? As Jack Kerouac once said about eating in the diners of America, “I ate an apple pie and ice cream; that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country.” Is there any other type of restaurant where you can eat like a 10 year old and not be looked at like a crazy person? Diners might be the greatest American invention in history. Unfortunately, these bastions of late night eating are magnets for restaurant violence. Almost every week there’s a fight in an IHOP over pancakes, or a Waffle House is robbed of a minute amount of cash. The sad state of the diner brings a tear to the late night eater’s eye. To find out what you’re missing out on by not eating at 3 am, check out this list of insane diner crimes.
Most of the crimes on this list occurred late at night, or early in the morning, when diners are full of hungry people who might be a little toasty from a night out on the town, and cross country drivers who are stopping for a bite to eat. It almost seems like bad planning on the perpetrators of the restaurant crimes on this list. Maybe they should start hitting up these diners earlier in the day? Or maybe they should chillax and enjoy a nice pile of biscuits and gravy.
Vote up the craziest crimes that happened in diners, and tell us about your favorite thing to order in a Waffle House when you’re not dodging bullets.
Florida Mom Abandons Kids at Waffle House
A mother from Augusta, FL left her children at a Waffle House when she wanted to hit up a bar one evening. The mother didn't leave the children enough money for food, and the police were finally called when the three kids tried to cross a busy highway to get to the bar at which they believed their mother to be drinking.
Is this insane?
Angry Customer Shot for Refusing to Leave Diner
In 2014, at a Fulton County Waffle House, a group of men refused to leave the diner after one of their girlfriends got into an altercation with the on-site security guard. After she left, the men became unruly and the cook refused to serve them, prompting one of the men to shoot him. A customer eating at the diner said, "It was just chaos; I was ducking for cover like everybody else. I looked up and I saw the guy in the floor, dead.”
Is this insane?
Pitchfork-Wielding Criminal Robs Waffle House
A man in Norcross, GA walked into a local Waffle House and robbed it at pitchfork-point. He herded the employees into the bathroom, and unsuccessfully tried to open the register. After a while he decided to steal the entire register and drop the pitchfork in the parking lot. After abandoning the garden tool, the employees followed him into the parking lot and attempted to attack him with his own weapon.
Is this insane?
Man Destroys Waffle House Over Rising Prices
Doing what we all wanted to do when Waffle House raised the price of their biscuits by 50 cents, a man in Brookhaven Georgia became belligerent and smashed his way out of the restaurant. He was quickly caught and booked at the DeKalb County Jail.