Waffle House charges 20% security fee

The bill at one location in Atlanta includes a surcharge to keep customers safe.

By Kim Peterson Feb 21, 2013 5:41PM
File photo of a Waffle House breakfast diner near Dawsonville, Ga. on July 28, 2005 (Ric Feld/AP Photo)The potential for nefarious activity is so great at one Waffle House that it now charges customers a 20% fee to pay for security.

The surcharge is only at the Waffle House in the Underground Atlanta shopping center, a place so sketchy that Yelp reviewers say you should only go there if you're in the mood for a fistfight, a palm reading, fake gold jewelry or an aggressive shakedown for spare change. Don't bring a lot of cash, don't make eye contact with anyone and don't show fear, reviewers advise.

There's only one 24-hour establishment in that shopping area: the Waffle House. Which brings us back to that 20% fee. It helps pay for an off-duty Atlanta police officer to work at the restaurant seven days a week, the company told NBC News.

Waffle House tried to put a positive spin on the fee, calling it a "property management surcharge." But that caused some confusion, spokesman Pat Warner told NBC News. So the restaurant decided just to tell it like it is.

Other restaurants might simply roll the security fee into menu prices. But there are so many Waffle Houses in Atlanta that people would surely notice the higher fees at the Underground location, the company told NBC.

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Feb 21, 2013 6:58PM
It's Atlanta, what do you expect.  Just don't leave a tip.  Oh wait, it's Atlanta, the staff just might shoot you if you don't.  Go to the Huddle House instead.
Feb 21, 2013 6:42PM
And they had each other in a cross fire.
Feb 21, 2013 6:39PM
They are the ones making the money, therefore they should pay for security if they intend to stay in business!
Feb 21, 2013 6:25PM
i had read another article about the dude who tried to rob a waffle house and like 8 of the customers pulled their pistols on him.
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