We Salute The Army Vet Who Commandeered A Waffle House Kitchen After A Night Of Drinking
Alex Bowen couldn’t sleep. After a night of drinking in West Columbia, South Carolina, on Nov. 30, the former Army medical sergeant ventured to a local Waffle House around 2 a.m. to fill his rumbling stomach. But when he arrived, he found “a ghost town.”
“I walked outside, walked around the story, returned inside — I couldn’t find anybody,” Bowen told Task & Purpose. “But I knew that delicious bacon was just four feet away, so I took matters into my own hands and made it happen.”
Bowen fired up the grill and whipped together his favorite: a Texas bacon cheesesteak. As he turned a corner, he came upon a Waffle House employee fast asleep. “I got there and expected to be greeted by a smiling Waffle House employee,” Bowen told a local ABC News affiliate. “They looked tired, they were sleeping … I was like, ‘go ahead and rest, fam, I got this.”
“We’re glad Alex was able to enjoy his Texas bacon cheesesteak,” the company said in a statement. “We’ve apologized to Alex and have invited him back to eat with us. We also promised him we’d do the cooking the next time.”
Fuck that: Despite the potential liability posed by an unauthorized cheesesteak (or any unauthorized counter incursions, tbh), a seasoned Army medic like Bowen is the ideal grill invader.
After enlisting in the Army in 1999 as an information system analyst, Bowen was reclassified as a combat medic specialist and assigned to 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2004. That December, he was deployed to Iraq as part of a special police training team, training and advising Iraqi special operations forces.
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