Waffle House Waitress Who Pulled Gun On Robbers, Fired From Job

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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that on 01-01-2017 that three men walked into a Waffle House restaurant about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, on Highway 29 in Newnan sat down and ordered a meal.

About 45 minutes later, one of the men walked over to the counter and presented a note threatening to shoot everyone inside if he didn’t get “all of the money.”

The robber was given $200 and the three men went out toward their car in the parking lot. A waitress followed the three robbers out.

“I didn’t know if they had guns,” she said. “I didn’t know if they were going to their vehicle to get another one and could come back and try to get to the safe, so my instinct was to go to my car and get the gun.” She retrieved her 9mm from her car.

The Waffle House waitress then fired a shot into the woods (over their heads) according to Channel 2 Action News. She told reporters she was only trying to protect the store and her co-workers. As of this report, the waitress has been fired.

A Waffle House spokesperson told Channel 2 they are aware of the situation but cannot comment on personnel matters.

A GoFundMe page has been started for the waitress.

Comments:

A great example of what not to do. Don’t follow suspects outside. They are rarely a threat when leaving. Don’t fire warning shots to speed their escape. They might assume you are shooting at them and return fire, claiming “self-defense”.

The woman lost her job, has children at home and a disabled husband who cannot work according to media reports. Considering the possibility of a lawsuit over her actions, I think Waffle House would be better off not letting her go. Perhaps like the police do, paid leave is appropriate?

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Cellblock776

Seeing as Waffle House has a long standing corporate policy banning firearms on their properties it comes as no surprise that they would terminate an employee who used a firearm while at work on their property.

Bob G.

We seem to be missing some details, such as Waffle House’s corporate policy on employees being armed. Still, I think they may have acted appropriately in this instance. Yes, it’s emotionalyy satisfying to see a lady taking up arms in defense of herself, her patrons, and her coworkers, but emotions shouldn’t cloud judgement. She used deadly force while neither she nor any of the persons ‘in her care’ were in immediate peril of death or grievous bodily harm. This exposed both her and her employer to liability if her actions had caused any harm to innocent neighbors or their property,… Read more »

Kenneth G Ellsworth

THIS LADY HANDLED THE SITUATION POORLY-SHE NEEDS SERIOUS TRAINING-I THINK “WAFFLE HOUSE” SHOULD GIVE HER PAID COUNSELING/RETRAINING AND NOT FIRE HER-I THINK SHE TRIED TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND FAILED-SHE SHOULD ALSO HAVE A “CWP’ AND LEARN PROPER TECHNIQUE ABOUT PROPER WEAPON HANDLING-I HAVE BEEN CARRYING/ARMED FOR 40 PLUS YEARS AND MOST FOLKS WERE UNAWARE OF THIS FACT,AS THEY SHOULD BE-JUST MY TAKE ON THIS SITUATION-KATFISH

Old 1811

The robbery had already been committed and the robbers were fleeing the scene. They were no longer a threat to her or to anyone else in the restaurant. She left the store and retrieved her gun. (If the robbers had actually returned to the store, or made moves that they were planning to do so, she could credibly claim to have felt threatened, but they didn’t.) Then she fired a “warning shot” over their heads into the woods. Where did that shot go? Nothing she did was legal. Waffle House was within their rights to fire someone as irresponsible as… Read more »

durabo

I’m sure some patriotic company will offer her a job.

A.R. Reyes

My wife wanted that she and I eat at waffle house, but now after hearing the episode, it’s already a no no no !
That woman should be rehire and let her keep the arm within the store, then shoot straight to who ever tried
robbing them. Kill them next time. Don’t shoot into the woods, it’s a waist of bullet and no scum of the earth may learn
their evil doings.

hippybiker

Their food sucks, anyway.

12Bravo

I don’t have a Waffle House where I live but I will make DAM sure to never patronize such as despicable business.

Reginald Hafner

Waffle House is added to my do not patronize list.

Jim S

How about publishing the names of the people at Waffle House that terminated her? Lets understand who the manager is, the district manager and so on. Shame them for a change. Write letters to the company telling them why you are not eating there again. Be polite when you do that, but write and vote with your dollars by not eating at any WH again (until they change their ways).
SEcond, get that poor lady some sort of firearms training. Shooting over their heads after they left will get you into deep doo-doo

WILLIE

GOSH, I LOVED TO GO TO WAFFLE HOUSE. GUESS I WILL HAVE TO QUIT THEM NOW. IF WAFFLE HOUSE IS SO CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES AT THEIR RESTAURANTS THAT MAY TARNISH THEIR IMAGE, MAYBE THEY WOULD CONSIDER KEEPING THE CASH DRAWER OUTSIDE. THAT WAY THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR BANDITS TO THREATEN THE WORKERS OR THE PATRONS. JUST KEEP THE CASH OUT FRONT IN A SELF SERVICE KIOSK SO THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR INTERACTION WITH EMPLOYEES AND THUS NO NEED FOR EMPLOYEES TO GET UPSET AND EXCITED OVER FEAR FOR SAFETY. A SETUP LIKE THIS WOULD REALLY LET… Read more »

lee

Waffle house should be shamed. In these days, it is so difficult to find good employees, mush less one is tries to help and protect your business. I for one will not be going to waffle house any more. again, shame on you.

RICK

They should give the lady a bonus for her bravery. I will never eat at a Waffle House,

BobR

Waffle House, one more place I will never need to eat.

Richard S Leary

Looks like the last time I ate at Waffle House will be my last time ever!!!!!