Like an eruption ridiculous menu hacks threatens to give away fast food chains severe indigestionat least one Waffle House location refuses to let authorized patrons make a hash of the restaurant’s tradition.
“Order from the menu. We don’t make anything you’ve seen on TikTok,” reads a posted disclaimer – captured in a video by TikTok user @officialgodbodycash – above the cash register inside what appears to be an Atlanta-area location of the Southern all-day breakfast slinger.
“TikTok supports everything except Waffle House,” the user joked.
The scribbled sign alerting guests to the harsh – albeit unofficial – new policy appears on the heels of very popular posts on the social media site, such as one from user @shantellxoxo, which shows a plate-sized bacon cheeseburger served on a waffle bun with a side of pickles. The gargantuan concoction, posted with the hashtag #pregnancycravings, garnered over 5.7 million viewers in just six days.
Commentators rushed to support Waffle House, echoing the comments.
“SICK of TikTok promotions,” wrote one user.
“Thank goodness when I was a waitress people always wanted to change the menu,” said another.
Not everyone felt the same.
“So the internet gives them more business and they don’t want it?” a surveyed user.
Some of those same chains, however, have occasionally attempted to lean into the viral food craze – Starbucks has even added the Pink Drink, a strawberry and acai libation with a hint of caffeine and coconut milk. coco, like a official menu item in 2017 after exploding in popularity on social media.
And more recently, the fast-casual chain Chipotle, particularly prone to menu hijacking thanks to a highly customizable menu for online ordering, allowed customers to use a TikTok ‘hack’ which turns a standard steak quesadilla into something like a Philly cheesesteak.
Waffle House, meanwhile, recently made national headlines when a former employee went viral for overturning a chair thrown by a customer during a fight in a reported act of self-defense. Following the incident, which is believed to have taken place in 2021, the employee claimed she was blacklisted by the company.
Waffle House did not immediately return a request for comment.