A scheduling mix-up forced customers into action at a Waffle House restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday evening.
It appeared to be a miscommunication over coverage of shifts.
The waffle-sized crisis started when workers left after the first half of the shift, as previously planned.
But only one employee remained to cover the second half of the shift, leaving a gap that some customers jumped in to fill.
Ethan Crespo saw first hand how difficult it would be getting a waffle, watching the overwhelmed worker ‘awash in bewilderment’ as he took orders.
It was at that point that an unknown man at the bar sprung into action, and headed for the kitchen.
Crespo thought the transition was so seamless that was clearly a staffer, but he was a ‘kind stranger.’
Security camera showed several customers washing dishes and busing tables.
‘One [customer] put on an apron and washed the dishes. He did a great job,’ Pat Harper, Waffle House Director of PR, told the DailyMail.com.
The lone person on payroll, only known as ‘Ben’ and the mystery man, ‘feverishly’ to accommodate the night dinner crowd.
Crespo saw a couple of other customers join the altruistic activity.
He said the camaraderie was impressive.
‘It was remarkable,’ Crespo told DailyMail.com as he watched strangers work together.
‘We appreciate the customers’ effort, however we prefer to have our associates behind the counter,’ Warner said. ‘Our concept works best when we serve the customer, not the other way around.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jerry Barmash