An apparently disgruntled Waffle House customer stands accused of shattering the front door of the restaurant over a 50-cent increase in the price of a sausage biscuit, according to police.
The suspect allegedly vandalized the door in the Atlanta-area outlet of the 24-hour franchise breakfast eatery on his way out on Sunday morning, causing the glass to smash.
Waffle House employees, according to the police report, described the man as loud, upset, and belligerent upon getting his check and learning that the price of his sausage biscuit was $1.50 rather than the $1 he previously paid. The unhappy customer then left the store and either kicked or punched the door, causing the window to break apart.
A responding Brookhaven, Georgia, police officer transported the man to a local hospital at his request for treatment (he had a cut on this thumb and scratches on his leg) after which he was booked into the DeKalb County Jail.
The arresting officer later returned to the Waffle House restaurant to take a look at the store’s security video for evidence of what went down. “The video shows [the suspect] sitting in a corner booth eating his meal. It shows him throw his bill on the floor of the restaurant as he stands up from his booth. He walks toward the front door when you see his foot kick the front glass door. The glass shatters as he continues to push the door open and leave the scene,” the officer wrote.
The suspect insisted, however, that he barely kicked the door and only used his foot because the door was greasy.
Cops charged the man with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors, and criminal damage to property, which is a felony, and he is in custody subject to a $2,500 bond, according to the booking information website.
Multiple media outlets, such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, identify the suspect as Mitchell Harris Feinberg, 39.
“Yes, they have sausage biscuits at Waffle House. And yes, you’ll be arrested if you get angry about the price going up and break a glass door. Just ask Brookhaven police,” WSB-TV in Atlanta explained about the arrest of the man it described as a biscuit lover.
With the hashtag Sunday morning shenanigans, the Brookhaven police department posted this information about the apparent biscuit rage incident on its Facebook page.
“Tip of the day: When the Waffle House employee tells you the sausage biscuit is no longer $1 and the new price is $1.50, please refrain from punching the glass door open while storming out. Glass tends to shatter when met with such force, and you will be swiftly taken into custody.”
Separately, in an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s TV show last night, celebrity chef/CNN host and international foodie Anthony Bourdain revealed that on a recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, he “discovered the glories of the Waffle House…It’s apparently a place you can go and no matter how wrecked and obnoxious you are, or how late at night, they’re nice to you.”
Founded in 1955 in the Atlanta area and still headquartered in the area, the Waffle House chain and purported cultural icon has more than 2,000 locations in 25 states, with a primary focus on the south.
“When it comes to protesting a price hike, this guy didn’t waffle,” the Huffington Post quipped in its summary of the alleged Waffle House biscuit-related vandalism.
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