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2008/10/21 09:39:02 (permalink)

Woman arrested at Waffle House

I know the food is inedible at Waffle House, but c'mon she should pay the bill.


Woman Jailed Over $7.45 Bill

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- A woman decided to go to jail rather than pay her bill at a Fort Pierce Waffle House restaurant.

The total she went to jail over: $7.45.

According to a police report, Maryanne O'Neill, 66, ordered coffee and a sandwich at a Waffle House restaurant on Saturday but refused to pay the bill.

The report said an officer asked her to pay or go to jail and she refused.

A jail official says she was released Monday from the St. Lucie County Jail. She is charged with obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud, a second degree misdemeanor.

If convicted of a second degree misdemeanor

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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 09:41:22 (permalink)
Has it been determined why she did not pay the bill?

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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 09:42:22 (permalink)
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I guess you didn't read that part of the article?
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 10:18:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/04/05 08:22:34
The food at Waffle Houses is not inedible at all. I think that she was just trying to get a free meal. She should have thought ahead and ordered a steak just as long as she was going to not pay, and elect to go to jail!
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 10:32:29 (permalink)
I'd rather spend the night (or maybe even at week) in jail, then EAT at a Waffle House!

Poor lady now has to do both!
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 10:44:44 (permalink)
The Waffle House is what it is…. It’s interesting people with colorful lives “both the diners and servers” and inexpensive food served quickly and hot. For a lot of working people it’s the hours and price that get them in the door and they end up becoming part of a little community. I enjoy going for the people watching as well as for the cheese eggs, country ham “few places serve that in Texas” and hash browns… I don’t go all that often but it’s a good experience when I do. Sure I enjoy white table cloth establishments with polished service but every now again I just want a double sided laminated menu and a sweet lady calling me “Hun” when she refills my coffee.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 10:58:32 (permalink)
Is Waffle House better than Denny's (which I don't like much)?
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 11:27:42 (permalink)
I am not a fan of Denny's. I always received bad food or bad service. At least at Waffle House my food was hot and always served with a smile.

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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 11:30:59 (permalink)
Compared to most Waffle House’s, Denny’s is……..refined. You’ll just have to take the plunge and try it… Just go in with an open mind.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 11:33:58 (permalink)
Greymo! No! No! Her jail sentence is being determined by the total of her bill. A Waffle House "steak?" would put her behind bars for at least a year.

MiamiDon..No, I think Denny's is better. I think they use a better quality of sausage

I happen to like the waffles at Waffle House. But, when you have to put on the plastic oleo and the fake syrup, it does tend to take away from the over-all dining experience.

Did you know they are one of the biggest purchasers of Coca Cola syrup in the country. At least that's what the display says in Atlanta at the Coca Cola Museum.

We're all looking forward to meating you soon!
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 11:37:11 (permalink)
I like waffle house, one of the best hangover cures...
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 11:39:11 (permalink)
Is there a big difference between Waffle House and Huddle House? The latter which I've never tried.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 11:41:40 (permalink)
Does someone at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers or the AP have a grudge against Waffle House? How else can you explain why the AP would put this story over the AP wire. Plenty of newspapers and radio/TV web sites picked up the story. This story seems to be the one picked up by the AP. It includes a photo of the accused:
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/oct/20/fort-pierce-woman-chooses-jail-over-paying-waffle-/

A lot of those sites have comments sections and a fair number of people are wanting to know, as I am, why this is national news?
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 12:16:51 (permalink)
at least if she is going to dine and dash she should do a better job of dashing. Wonder if she shared a cell with the 89 year old woman who was arrested for keeping the kids football?
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 12:59:52 (permalink)
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Originally posted by David_NYC

Does someone at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers or the AP have a grudge against Waffle House? How else can you explain why the AP would put this story over the AP wire. Plenty of newspapers and radio/TV web sites picked up the story. This story seems to be the one picked up by the AP. It includes a photo of the accused:
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/oct/20/fort-pierce-woman-chooses-jail-over-paying-waffle-/

A lot of those sites have comments sections and a fair number of people are wanting to know, as I am, why this is national news?

When you are having a slow odd-ball news day with not much for your "Weird News" section, the story of a person who would pick going to jail over the small sum of $7.45 qualifies. I always check the Strange News daily on my computer, and lately there hasn't been much that was very good: "School's Fundraising Gives Alumni the Blahs", "Man Nabbed With Frozen Shrimp Bags Down His Pants", "Great Dane Gives Birth to Great Litter: 16 Puppies", "Table Tennis Whiz, 85, Says Opponents Hard to Find", etc. [|)]
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 13:40:31 (permalink)
Oops, didn't know this was a weird news story. That explains it.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 18:01:50 (permalink)
To me it sounds like the lady was hungry with no money. Funny as it may sound I think she did not want to take advantage by ordering anything extravagant, just something to eat. Maybe I’m wrong, for her sake I hope so.

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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 18:31:23 (permalink)
Let's hope in all seriouness like JohnA said, that this wasn't a woman who was hungry and had no $...I like to kid around, but on this one I think I should have played it straight; we need to wait. With regrets...

It could also be a case where she is not playing with a full deck. Can you imagine if she was your Mom? Jeez...Not good. Getting old is no fun.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 19:14:41 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Baah Ben

Getting old is no fun.

Boy do you have a lot to learn.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 19:27:28 (permalink)
I wonder if you ever have the right to refuse to pay your bill. If the food was bad or just unappealing I would think you could. Of course that might be hard to do with a empty plate in front of you. Seriously though there's probably something more to this story that the crackerjack reporter failed to find out or the Police wouldn't say. Something like "Did she say why she wasn't paying the bill Officer Jones?"
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 19:29:48 (permalink)
Sure beats the heck out of the only alternative that comes to my mind.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 19:30:43 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Baah Ben

Let's hope in all seriouness like JohnA said, that this wasn't a woman who was hungry and had no $...I like to kid around, but on this one I think I should have played it straight; we need to wait. With regrets...

It could also be a case where she is not playing with a full deck. Can you imagine if she was your Mom? Jeez...Not good. Getting old is no fun.


Depending on the lens through which I recall it, one of the funniest or saddest memories I have is an incident that occurred while eating at a very nice restaurant near the Warner in Downtown D.C.

A nicely dressed 35ish gentleman was dining alone near us. As he enjoyed his meal he talked to himself every now and then. When the bill was presented he considered it carefully and "paid for it" in shiny beads. He agonized over the matter and left what he considered to be a generous tip! The Maitre came over, assessed the situation, and after a brief, non-disruptive conversation, gently ushered him out.

The Waffle House now lacks class (not that they ever aspired to it) in yet another way. It seems now also that they lack decency.

At least they cook burgers the way Michael Hoffman likes them!

(Edit: had to add the smile at the end of the last line)!
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 20:01:24 (permalink)
They cook everything I wish to eat the way I like it. I'm sorry you have a problem with that.
No, I take that back. I'm not at all sorry about it.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 20:51:36 (permalink)
Since when is "woman arrested at waffle house" news?
In my town, that's called a typical day...
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 21:01:34 (permalink)
Metro................you should never make a statement like you have when you do not know the full facts.

I want to tell you a story about Waffle House. I do not want to hear about lack of decency.

Two years ago, our family had breakfast on our way back from Florida on Easter Sunday. Across from us at the counter a man was seated who was dressed in a dirty yellow rain jacket (on a warm sunny morning). He kept talking to the children and was very sweet to them. I began to notice that he was mentally challenged. When he was finished eating, the waitress brought him his check and he said something to her which I could not hear.

She laughed and said "Oh Joe, not again............we love you dearly Happy Easter" She then talked to the other waitresses and went to what appeared to be a tip jar under the counter. She counted money out and put it into the cash register.

I later spoke with her and it seemed like Joe did not have money for a meal most of the time and that the waitstaff paid for his meal. Now this was a Waffle House and that the staff did this many times for him so please do not ever say that the Waffle House restaurants lack decency.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 23:37:07 (permalink)
"We're all looking forward tomeating you soon!"

Uh...exactly what are you plnning to do to him?" />
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/21 23:44:24 (permalink)
Don't try it in California.

If someone goes into an eating establishment, eats and fails to pay, and if the police officer can determine that the offender did not intend to pay (having no money or credit cards, for example), or states that they do not intend to pay, that is burglary under California law....a felony. (Entering a structure with the intent to commit a crime or theft within). If memory serves, once convicted one time for shop-lifting in California, the 2nd offense is also burglary.
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/22 00:50:16 (permalink)
Don't jump to conclusions--It could have been a homeless person just looking for free food & lodging!

And don't knock my beloved WH! It's less than gourmet food at less than gourmet prices but always good, hot and cooked just right!
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/22 01:05:26 (permalink)
They must be doing something right! These statistics are about 2 years old so add to them:

I am a WH Gold Card Holder and held my Wedding Reception there!
WH will never be intimidated by other chains. They OWN the Waffle World among others.
Since 1955, the WAFFLE HOUSE System has served:

495,264,367 Waffles
957,041,599 Cups of Coffee
1,173,838,328 Hashbrown Orders
370,545,935 Sausage Patties
786,449,152 Bacon Strips
14,899,594 Slices of Ham
1,527,602,959 Eggs
22,217,455 Slices of Pie
123,587,123 T-bone Steaks
115,220,427 Hamburger Quarters
479,312,699 Glasses of Coke®
1,108,574,633 Order of Grits
72,567,509 Cheese n' Eggs
204,164,660 Omelets

Did you Know?

If you lay all of the Bryan bacon end-to-end that Waffle House serves in a year, it will stretch from Atlanta to Los Angeles seven times! (That's more than 21,000 miles of bacon)
If you could stack all of the sausage patties we serve in one day, it would reach the TOP of the Empire State Building! (Did you want grits with that?)
Waffle House serves more than 3.2 million pounds of grits each year. That is enough to fill 86 semi-trucks!
Each year Waffle House customers eat more than 334,000 pounds of pecans in their waffles. That is more than 21 million pecans.
Waffle House customers consume two percent of the total eggs produced in the United States for foodservice use. That is more than 185,000,000 eggs every year, 500,000 eggs everyday, 20,833 eggs every hour, 347 eggs every minute and five eggs every second.
If you used all of the eggs Waffle House serves in a year to make a cheese omelet, it would weigh 28 tons and would need 185 million slices of cheese. (Do you want hashbrowns with that?)
If you lined up all the bowls of Bert's Chili® Waffle House serves in a year, it would stretch the length of Florida's coastline on both the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts!
Waffle House serves more than 10,000 T-bone steaks every day.
If you stack all of the USDA Choice hamburger patties Waffle House serves in a year, it would equal the height of 18 Mount Everests!
Waffle House serves more than 381 tons of country ham every year. That translates to more weight than a fully-loaded Boeing 747 at takeoff.
- The first Waffle House® restaurant opened on Labor Day in 1955 in Avondale Estates, GA.

- The Waffle House System operates more than 1,500 restaurants in 25 states.

- Waffle House® restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).

FOOD FACTS
The Waffle House System is the world's leading server of:
- waffles
- T-bone steaks
- omelets
- cheese 'n eggs
- USDA Choice hamburgers
- country ham
- pork chops
- grits
- hashbrowns
- patty melts
- raisin toast
- apple butter
- Heinz Traditional Steak Sauce
The Waffle House System only serves the best brands including:
- Coca-Cola soft drinks
- Heinz complete line of sauces
- Sara Lee family of pork products
- Bryan bacon, ham and country ham
- Jimmy Dean Sausage
- Minute Maid Orange Juice
- Wishbone salad dressings
- Waffle House Classic Blend Coffee
- Waffles made with White Lily Flour

- Challenged to a test, Waffle House® restaurants have found at least 70,778,880 different ways to prepare its USDA Choice hamburgers.

- The Waffle House System has served more than 442,451,500 waffles (and counting!) since 1955.

- Waffle House® restaurants serve more than 95 million cups of coffee each year.

THE WAFFLE HOUSE EXPERIENCE
- Waffle House® restaurants are the only place where you can hear classic waffle songs "Good Food Fast," "Waffle Doo Wop" and "Waffle House Family" on a real jukebox.

- Although there is one "official" Web site, an Internet search turns up more than 2,200 Web sites that mention Waffle House® restaurants. Waffle House® restaurants ranked in the "Top Five" of "Around the Clock Eats" on the Food Network.

- Bert's Chili® and our world famous hashbrowns were featured on "Sara's Secrets" on the Food Network.

- Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy are seen eating at a Waffle House® restaurant in their 2003 movie, Blue Collar Comedy Tour - The Movie.

- A Waffle House® restaurant is featured in a scene in the 2002 Britney Spears movie "Crossroads."

- The R & B group "112" filmed their "It's Over Now" video at a Snellville, GA, Waffle House® restaurant.

- Hootie and the Blowfish released a CD in 2000 entitled: "Scattered, Smothered & Covered" and pictured a Waffle House® restaurant on the cover.

- After enjoying a meal at a Destin, FL., Waffle House® restaurant, TV talk show host Rosie O'Donnell flew a grill operator and two salespeople to New York to be on her show in December 2000. They presented her a "Waffles for Life" certificate.

- A Waffle House® restaurant is prominently featured in a scene of "Tin Cup," a feature film starring Kevin Costner.

- A sampling of the many other celebrities seen eating in a Waffle House® restaurant:

- Former President George Bush
- Kenny Chesney
- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
- Jeff Foxworthy
- Vince Gill
- Amy Grant
- Merle Haggard
- Faith Hill
- Beyonce Knowles
- Ludacris
- LeAnne Rimes
- Pete Sampras
- Emmitt Smith
- Marty Stuart
- Billy Bob Thornton
- David Toms
- Usher
- Mark Wills
- Reese Witherspoon
- Jay-Z

So there!
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RE: Woman arrested at Waffle House 2008/10/22 02:51:37 (permalink)
Oh boy........... Waffle House generates a lot of activity doesn't it....

Jeez, Kensandyeggo I just never thought.....I mean....Boy, you really have brought to my attention a rather startling....Hey, I'm going back to using the appropriate spelling AT ONCE!
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