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(USA Today)   Ian is so drunk with power that even Waffle Houses are closing   (usatoday.com) divider line
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2022-09-28 12:46:36 PM  
ok now we know its actually serious.
 
2022-09-28 12:46:59 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:47:32 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:47:47 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:48:18 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:48:38 PM  
You can gauge the severity of a storm by Waffle Houses. They're better able to mobilize and they don't want to close their restaurants ever. They've got this down to a science.
 
2022-09-28 12:48:46 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:50:29 PM  
I didn't know there is a Waffle House Index.
Savvy investors would take a short position in these uncertain times.
 
2022-09-28 12:50:36 PM  
If you're in the middle of Ian's path and can't evacuate, good luck. We'll see you on the other side.
 
2022-09-28 12:50:36 PM  
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It's spooky to be in an empty Waffle House
 
2022-09-28 12:51:21 PM  
Do Waffle Houses even have locks on their doors?

Being open 24/7 365 would tell me, no, they don't.
 
2022-09-28 12:51:43 PM  
The staff at Treasure Island's Waffle House put out a video talking about staying open and being essential services. About 45 minutes later they released a second video announcing their 2:00pm closure because the waste water return was being shut off and someone in authority told them all to get the hell out before the bridge closed.

Those lunatics were planning to just keep slinging breakfast.
 
2022-09-28 12:54:32 PM  
Pretty much SOP. Employee's can't get to work with road closed, suppliers can't supply with roads closed.
Once it passes it'll go back to abnormal and you get a steak and egg platter. As long as the frozen steak hasn't defrosted and then refrozen to the pipe in the walk it. Not that that would be a big hit in quality.

/I actually like the WF. Especially on road trips and even storms.
 
2022-09-28 12:54:46 PM  
If an extinction event size meteor was heading to vaporize Earth, Waffle House would stay open until the fireball hits, and the last sound you'd ever hear on our planet would be their juke box blaring the Waffle House Anthem.
 
2022-09-28 12:55:07 PM  

Liadan: Those lunatics were planning to just keep slinging breakfast.


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2022-09-28 12:56:14 PM  

Teddy Brosevelt: ok now we know its actually serious.


Thank you, Simone.
 
2022-09-28 12:56:49 PM  
Oh man... shiat got real!
 
2022-09-28 12:57:03 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:57:08 PM  
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2022-09-28 12:57:18 PM  
And to think that PostcardMania thought that they could stay open, with families hunkering down inside the company building & continuing to work on those precious direct mail campaigns, while Waffle Houses went "NOPE!" and bugged the hell out...
 
2022-09-28 12:57:39 PM  

markie_farkie: If an extinction event size meteor was heading to vaporize Earth, Waffle House would stay open until the fireball hits, and the last sound you'd ever hear on our planet would be their juke box blaring the Waffle House Anthem.


Sounds good to me. Now I know where I'm going to spend my final hour when the big asteroid  finally does its thing.
 
2022-09-28 12:58:03 PM  

steklo: Do Waffle Houses even have locks on their doors?

Being open 24/7 365 would tell me, no, they don't.


They used to not. I haven't been inside one very recently, but the last time (before COVID) the couple that I went to had locks. During COVID, there were several I saw on my travels that were not 24/7 (lights out, "CLOSED" signs, no cars in the lot).

As for Hurricanes, I was in Biloxi about 1 year post Katrina. At Biloxi, the Waffle House was gone, but the sign was largely intact. At Gulfport, the sign post was up, but the sign was gone. At Bay St. Louis, not even the sign post was up. Just the foundation and the parking lot bollards.
 
2022-09-28 12:58:26 PM  
My son, who happens to be named Ian, is getting a kick out these replies.
 
2022-09-28 12:58:32 PM  
"We do have closures in mandatory evacuation zones and areas within low-lying areas that are subject to severe flooding,"

I thought I read somewhere that most of the restaurants were town down about ten years ago and rebuilt on a 4" high concrete mound to resist this type of thing.
 
2022-09-28 12:59:18 PM  

Liadan: The staff at Treasure Island's Waffle House put out a video talking about staying open and being essential services. About 45 minutes later they released a second video announcing their 2:00pm closure because the waste water return was being shut off and someone in authority told them all to get the hell out before the bridge closed.

Those lunatics were planning to just keep slinging breakfast.


Mostly in Emergency situationsit's the only place a EMT, Police, Fire, Rescue work can eat.
But a lot of those clousures aren't about waste water, but rather getting staff from to A to B with roads closed.
Although
I'm Sure you have other solutions that don't involve internet magical unicorns with Ham (or Hummus) sandwich delivery.
 
2022-09-28 1:00:15 PM  
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2022-09-28 1:00:56 PM  

optikeye: Pretty much SOP. Employee's can't get to work with road closed, suppliers can't supply with roads closed.
Once it passes it'll go back to abnormal and you get a steak and egg platter. As long as the frozen steak hasn't defrosted and then refrozen to the pipe in the walk it. Not that that would be a big hit in quality.

/I actually like the WF. Especially on road trips and even storms.


Yep, I expect to watch a nuclear mushroom cloud from inside a Waffle House if it ever gets to that.

Covid didn't seem serious until they were forced to close.
 
2022-09-28 1:01:57 PM  

Unobtanium: They used to not.


I interviewed for a WH manager position here at my local. The person interviewing me told me he had to get a locksmith to come down and install locks on the doors when they closed for Covid.

"We could've stayed open, the only thing holding us back was we had no staff to run the place, I had to lock the doors."
 
2022-09-28 1:02:21 PM  

Hankie Fest: You can gauge the severity of a storm by Waffle Houses. They're better able to mobilize and they don't want to close their restaurants ever. They've got this down to a science.


I have wondered if this comes up during in the job interview.

"You WILL be expected to show up for work duing hurricanes Cat 3 and under."
 
2022-09-28 1:03:03 PM  
"I'm staying and having a hurricane party!"

[hurricane levels-up twice]

"( ._.) guys help"
 
2022-09-28 1:03:17 PM  
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see, what happens is, if they stay open and the window breaks and a strong wind comes in, it will blow the waffles off the plates and jam them into the customer's skulls.
 
2022-09-28 1:03:23 PM  
Craig Fugate was some kind of warlock.
 
2022-09-28 1:04:07 PM  
I guess waffles just don't make good building material.
 
2022-09-28 1:04:48 PM  
Where will people have drunken riots at 3am now?
 
2022-09-28 1:05:08 PM  
Who will feed Jim Cantore?
 
2022-09-28 1:05:57 PM  

steklo: Do Waffle Houses even have locks on their doors?


You think they'd let their customers in if the doors locked?
 
2022-09-28 1:06:26 PM  
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2022-09-28 1:06:48 PM  

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2022-09-28 1:07:08 PM  

gunga galunga: I have wondered if this comes up during in the job interview.


Yes.

I applied for a manager's position at my local WH. It was one of the first questions I had asked because I am aware of the Waffle House Index.

The official position of the company is this:

"it's it's too unsafe, workers might not come in on their own or even be able to make it in, The manager will have full discretion if the establishment can remain open to serve the public."

Also note:

The manager can fill in for missing employees, They must know how to cook the menu, wait on customers and work the till. (Amongst other things)

So if no one shows up but the manager its up to him to see if he can handle it or not without staff.
 
2022-09-28 1:07:27 PM  

Hankie Fest: They've got this down to a science.


I'm blaming magic; wizards in each Waffle house keep the weather nice, until some evil force closes that Waffle house, causing the resulting bad weather.
 
2022-09-28 1:08:30 PM  
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You bastards closed the Waffle Houses.
 
2022-09-28 1:13:02 PM  

optikeye: Liadan: The staff at Treasure Island's Waffle House put out a video talking about staying open and being essential services. About 45 minutes later they released a second video announcing their 2:00pm closure because the waste water return was being shut off and someone in authority told them all to get the hell out before the bridge closed.

Those lunatics were planning to just keep slinging breakfast.

Mostly in Emergency situationsit's the only place a EMT, Police, Fire, Rescue work can eat.
But a lot of those closures aren't about waste water, but rather getting staff from to A to B with roads closed.
Although
I'm Sure you have other solutions that don't involve internet magical unicorns with Ham (or Hummus) sandwich delivery.


In this case the municipality specifically shut off all the waste water returns and told the staff, "You will have no toilets".

I hear you on the emergency workers needing a place to eat. There's only so many bagged sandwiches you can take.
 
2022-09-28 1:22:11 PM  
"How bad can this hurricane be, yo?"
Waffle House has shut down twenty-odd locations and is considering more.
*native Floridan's face actually goes pale*
 
2022-09-28 1:24:11 PM  
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dude has a  bunch of cams still working that are in the thick of it. Sanibal and Ft Meyers look nuts.
 
2022-09-28 1:25:17 PM  
One time....after a big ice storm. The road by our house was filled with suburbanites dashing in the ditch by the ice covered road.
We'd hear them trying to get up the hill...and then not stopping down the hill as there was no traction and "BOOM" into the ditch....and 'oh well there's another one'.
And then the fire dept, EMT services would have to pull them out.

I filled up a big 'Coleman' spigot type cooler with hot coffee. And a smaller one with hot chocolate.
And creamers and sugar...Styrofoam cups.

They were like "omg" thank you....and left everything back all cleaned and washed the next day on our front porch.
 
2022-09-28 1:28:13 PM  
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Downtown ft myers. Cam is apparently 6 feet above the ground
 
2022-09-28 1:28:44 PM  

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Downtown ft myers. Cam is apparently 6 feet above the ground


Fake news
 
2022-09-28 1:31:50 PM  
Good thing Florida was evacuating all those people to Martha's Vineyard ahead of the storm.
 
2022-09-28 1:34:09 PM  

XanthPrime: Good thing Florida was evacuating all those people to Martha's Vineyard ahead of the storm.


...from Texas.
 
2022-09-28 1:35:49 PM  
If the Waffle House is closes, it's already too late.
 
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