Waffle House Server Steps Up to Cook and Run Restaurant Alone

Kelly Corbett - Author

Sep. 7 2023, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

A Waffle House employee is at work alone and has to work as a server and cook
Source: TikTok/@theswiftnomad

Few things frustrate employees as much as being in an understaffed workplace. Instead of just having to do their job, they now have to perform multiple people's jobs. And more often than not, these hard-laboring folks don't even get a pat on the back afterward.

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Take it from this Dollar General employee who was forced to run the entire store by herself after she was the only one who showed up to work. Not only did she have to ring customers up, stock the shelves, and answer customers' questions, but she was basically the acting manager in charge.

This type of employee shortage where one person has to take on everything also happens in the food service industry. In fact, one Waffle House employee documented his experience wearing all the hats at work after he showed up to an empty kitchen and we feel for him. If only this Waffle House customer who got drunk and started cooking her meal was there to help him!

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Waffle House restaurant in Auburn, Alabama
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A Waffle House employee had to worl as server and cook, even though he was never trained in the kitchen.

Sometimes you go to Waffle House and there's a slow-speed tractor chase in the parking lot. Other times you go to Waffle House and there's one overwhelmed employee working at high speeds to run the restaurant, take customers' orders, and cook the food.

This was TikTok creator and Waffle House server Jordan Harris (@theswiftnomad) after he was unexpectedly left to act as both a server and cook.

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“Do you see a cook? Because I don’t see a cook,” said Jordan in a now-viral video, as he panned his phone around the empty Waffle House kitchen.

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He explained that it was 5 a.m. and the cook's shift had just ended. The next cook wouldn't come in until 7 a.m., so he was flying solo. That said, Jordan was forced to take on kitchen duty in addition to being a server. The only problem was that Waffle House never trained him to be a cook. They didn't even give him a heads up.

A commenter explaining that they used to work at Waffle House and worked as a cook and server
Source: TikTok/@theswiftnomad
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"I have not been trained to be a cook. My nana taught me how to cook, my mother and father taught me how to cook. Did Waffle House teach me how to cook? No,” Jordan quipped in the video.

Jordan also didn't hesitate to mention that he was only making a measly $2.13 an hour. And that just recently, a group of customers he had served were so impressed with his service that they offered him a job at a nearby Italian restaurant that paid double his salary and would be a day shift.

“Sounds pretty f------ enticing right about now,” Jordan said.

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A commenter had the same experience working at Waffle House and wasn't trained to cook
Source: TikTok/@theswiftnomad

Filming the video throughout the shift, Jordan is later seen making hashbrowns and biscuits on the grill for a customer. He claimed this customer asked him if he was even qualified to be working both roles.

Jordan also reported that at the end of his shift, he spoke with his manager who informed him that this would be a weekly occurrence.

In the comment section of his video, former Waffle House employees claimed that they had also been forced to both serve and cook while working there.

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Fortunately, that was the last video Jordan ever made about working at Waffle House. A little less than a month later, he shared a new video claiming he had just found a work wife at his new job at an Italian restaurant. Looks like he was able to snag that job, after all. We love to see it!

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