When a South Carolina man arrived at a Waffle House late at night and found the staff asleep, he didn't let that stop him from getting the food he was craving.
Drunk, unable to sleep and starving is how Alex Bowen arrived at his local Waffle House on Nov. 30.
"It was around 3 a.m. I was pretty inebriated," he told ABC News.
Bowen walked into the restaurant but couldn't see any of the staff. After waiting by the register for a few minutes, Bowen walked outside, looked around and came back in. That's when he noticed the lone employee asleep in a booth.
"As I was going around the corner, I saw the sleeping employee and they looked tired, they were sleeping, I was like, 'go ahead and rest fam, I got this,'" Bowen told WOLO.
No stranger to a grill, Bowen walked into the kitchen and started whipping up his order.
"Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles," Bowen said, according to WIS. "When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out."
Bowen documented his late-night escapade on Facebook with a photo of the sleeping employee and a series of selfies taken in the kitchen.
"I give all the credit to my old friend vodka," Bowen said, according to WIS-TV. "I wouldn't normally have done that."
No one came into the restaurant while Bowen was there and the employee never woke up.
Bowen said he returned to the Waffle House in the afternoon and paid for his sandwich. According to an employee Bowen spoke with, Waffle House wasn't happy about his use of the kitchen.
"Yeah, I guess old waffle house just gonna have to take the L on that one," Bowen said.
Waffle House confirmed the sleeping employee was suspended for one week but said it has no hard feelings towards Bowen.
"For safety reasons, our customers should never have to go behind the counter," the company said in a statement to ABC News. "Rather, they should get a quality experience delivered by friendly associates. We are reviewing this incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action. In a related note, obviously Alex has some cooking skills, and we'd like to talk to him about a job since we may have something for him."
Asked if he would ever return to Waffle House, Bowen gave an enthusiastic answer.
"Oh absolutely," he told WOLO. "Waffle House for life."