“Gimme My Pancakes!”

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I swear, people are ridiculous. I don’t know if these exact words were used in the exchange that took place recently in an Oak Lawn, Illinois Denny’s, but “Gimme my pancakes!” sure seems to fit the bill.

The Denny’s in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago, was running a promotional special, “$4 all-you-can-eat pancakes”. Apparently they didn’t put a printed disclaimer in their marketing material and they neglected to put a great big sign over the door where you come in, stating, “This does not mean you get to feed all your friends all they can eat for $4!”

Gimme My Pancakes!

Thinking she knew a good loophole when she saw one, 27-year-old Natasha West attempted to do just that. The waitress, obviously a minion of the “no pancakes for you” overlords, informed West that the promotion was only available on a per diner basis, not on a per bus load of all your friends and relatives basis.

Incensed by this outlandish oppression, West took to swearing and throwing punches at the waitress. According to an article in the Huffington Post, “None of the blows landed on the waitress, according to police, but West and her party allegedly then left the restaurant without paying, only to stop to kick a door several times while on her way out, according to the Chicago Tribune.”

This was an understandable if not admirable reaction. I’m sure if you’re honest with yourself, you have to admit you’ve kicked a door several times when you didn’t get all the pancakes you deserve. It’s human nature.

Per an article on WGNTV.com, “The restaurant manager called police with a description of their car. A Hometown officer stopped the car, and the group was brought back to Denny’s. West was arrested, and one of her friends paid the restaurant bill. West was charged with assault and damage to property. No one was hurt.”

Kudos to her friend for paying the bill, which was of course the right thing to do. Kudos to the cops for tracking down the pancake pilfering pugilist. And kudos to humanity for providing us with an endless stream of ridiculousness that allows us the opportunity to shake our heads in disbelief.

Gimme My Pancakes!

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Steve Ralston is a country-living programmer and web developer. Married over 30 years, with two grown kids (one on each coast), he’s learned a lot of lessons along life’s path. With a family military history reaching from his great-grandfather through to his son and daughter, the cost of freedom and the true value of this country is as real to Steve as the ground you stand on.

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