Never try to steal from a Waffle House… unless you’re willing to take a bullet. A 20-year-old man was shot by a customer when he tried to rob one of the eatery’s locations in Georgia’s Fulton County early Monday (July 29).
Suspect Ashton Macafee’s ill-fated robbery attempt was interrupted by a patron’s gun, police say. At around 2 a.m., Macafee hit the Waffle House wearing a black bandana and hoodie, and yelled “Nobody move and open the cash register.”
According to cops, the 20-year-old unknowingly pointed his handgun at Officer Jonathon Sutton, an off-duty cop dinning at the counter. Sitting next to the him was an off-duty security guard, Evans Chad Pollard, who shot Macafee when Sutton couldn’t get to his weapon.
No one else was injured in the shooting. “I felt that not only my life, but everyone’s life was in danger, so I had to do what I had to do,” Pollard said. “Everybody was scared and when I eliminated the threat, everyone felt calm. He came in and I did what I could.”
Macafee was transported to downtown Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital. The location of his wound hasn’t been disclosed.
As a brand, the Waffle House is as known for its affordable (and greasy eats), as it is for a lack of cleanliness. A Florida location was shut down twice in a year for roaches, and a Consumer Reports survey named the restaurant as one of the country’s worst in the category of family dining.