Weird news that caught my eye today…

Washington DC Capitol Building at night

WLTX has reported that a waitress working at Waffle House shot a customer in dispute over food.  There are many things I love about this news story.

First of all, no one should be surprised that a Waffle House employee tried to kill someone while on the job. Years ago at this fine establishment I was served by a waitress whose name tag read “chainsaw”. This incident was only a matter of time. Second of all, I love that the suspect has a sinister smile in her mug shot! She looks great. Better than my driver’s license picture and better than any celebrity DWI mug shots. Third, I think it’s awesome that she also had a gun magazine which she pulled out along with the gun. That’s called taking interest and showing it off. Fourth, this makes me want to throw a waffle at someone. Sounds like a lot of fun, and it’s not like it would hurt or anything. Fifth, I love that the “deputies…rolled up in the parking lot”. There is no other way to pull in a Waffle House parking lot. And finally, it’s awesome to know that the suspect is back on the job to provide more such delightful customer experiences.

I’ve got only one thing to say: Can I get that Scattered Smothered and Covered!

Full story follows:

Yakeisha Ward, 29, is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

An early morning run for breakfast at the Waffle House on Paxville Highway in Manning turned terribly wrong for Crystal Samuel.

“I thought I was gonna get me an All-Star,” says Samuel. A popular meal on the menu. “Grits, sausage, toast, eggs and a waffle,” says Samuel.

She didn’t get what she came for. Instead, she says while she waited for her order, her friends started eating. That’s when Samuel says she was told they couldn’t eat from carryout trays inside the restaurant.

“I said what is your fuss about. I said we haven’t paid for our food. She (Ward) said well you all got to leave. How you want us to leave and we ain’t paid for the food yet,” says Samuel.

That’s when it got ugly. Samuel says she threw a waffle at the waitress. “I did actually throw some food but it didn’t hit her,” says Samuel. “That’s when she (Ward) jumped across the counter and we got into it,” says Samuel.

Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett says the altercation continued outside where he says Ward got a gun from her car and a gun magazine from her trunk.

“It’s poor judgment on her part trying to settle this matter with a weapon. either way she had time to think about what she was doing when she was walking to her car,” says Garrett.

Investigators say Ward’s gun discharged during the altercation. They say a bullet fragment struck Samuel in the arm.

“Deputies were close by when they rolled up in the parking lot the victim and the suspect were still engaged in a fight,” says Garrett.

Before it ended, authorities say Ward struck the victim in the head with the gun.

“She got the last lick,”says Samuel. Meanwhile Ward has bonded out of jail. On Tuesday afternoon, News 19 found her inside the Waffle House where the incident happened.

She declined to talk to us on camera but says she got out of jail after paying $500. As for Samuel, she has only one thing to say about Waffle House. “bad customer service,” says Samuel.
Investigators say it appears that Ward’s gun was legally purchased.

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

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