Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill

A restaurant employee in Georgia was arrested after shooting a customer for walking out on the bill. The customer reportedly tried to pay for his meal at China Cafeteria in Decatur with an invalid credit card Wednesday night, WSB-TV reports. When the employee, Xin Xing Chen, realized what had happened, he and his co-worker went … Continue reading “Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill”

A restaurant employee in Georgia was arrested after shooting a customer for walking out on the bill.

The customer reportedly tried to pay for his meal at China Cafeteria in Decatur with an invalid credit card Wednesday night, WSB-TV reports.

When the employee, Xin Xing Chen, realized what had happened, he and his co-worker went outside to confront the customer.

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A fight broke out between the three people and at one point Chen went back inside the restaurant, grabbed a gun and shot the customer. His co-worker was also shot by accident.

The restaurant advertises discount meals starting at $3.50. (Google)

The restaurant is known for its cheap food. The menu board outside the restaurant advertises a $4.99 house special and $3.50 lunch special.

One customer uninvolved in the incident told WSB-TV he was surprised something like this happened over such a small amount of money.

“I can’t see somebody getting shot over a $5 meal. I just can’t see it,” Jecory Jackson said.

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Chen has been charged with aggravated assault. The customer he shot is in critical condition and the injured employee is in stable condition.

The restaurant was closed Thursday.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

Cracker Barrel customer brawls with employee in gift shop, causes hundreds in damage

Police in Wisconsin are searching for two suspects who allegedly started a brawl at a Cracker Barrel on Halloween night, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.

Newly released footage from inside the Germantown Cracker Barrel location shows a man and woman approach a manager in the restaurant's gift shop, reportedly after the two complained of their service to an employee in the dining area.

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"The customer […] basically approached the server, he seemed like he was unhappy, used homophobic slurs," said Det. Shawn Jones, per WTMJ.

The suspect lunged at the employee, knocking him into the store’s merchandise. (Germantown Police Department)

As the argument escalated at the front counter, another employee, a 16-year-old cook, tried to calm the situation. The man instead reacted by throwing a punch at the employee, and later tackling the worker and knocking him into a rack of merchandise.

The woman who was with the man eventually broke up the brawl, WTMJ reported.

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“It’s very troubling. I just don’t think that, obviously this was handled in the right manner,” said Germantown Police Lieutenant Todd Grenier. “This is not the norm around here… We’re just trying to resolve the case.”

Police are asking anyone with information to help identify the suspects, who were seen leaving in a gray Mazda, Fox 6 reports.

A representative for Cracker Barrel was not immediately available to comment.

Delivery driver arrested at Cheesecake Factory amid chaos over restaurant promotion

A free cheesecake promotion at a Northern Virginia Cheesecake Factory turned into chaos Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the arrest of one man.

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A large crowd of delivery drivers gathered at a Cheesecake Factory in Arlington in response to the chain restaurant’s deal, which gives a free slice of cheesecake to those who submit online orders through ordering app DoorDash, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

“In celebration of our 40th anniversary, on December 5th only starting at 11:30AM local time, we’re giving away 40,000 FREE slices* of cheesecake! Get a free slice* of cheesecake when you order delivery through DoorDash! Use promo code FREESLICE at checkout. Get it while you can because an offer this sweet won’t last long!” the Cheesecake Factory wrote on its website, also noting for a limited time there would be a $0 delivery fee.

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The popularity of the promotion caused delivery drivers to double park and crowd the restaurant, Arlington County police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said to the Washington Post. To manage traffic, officers were called to the establishment around 1 p.m.

While the large group was forming, a fight reportedly broke out inside the restaurant.

By the time officers responded, the fight had broken up, but police still arrested a man who refused to leave the restaurant when asked, the Post reported.. Cheesecake Factory employees allegedly requested police to remove the man, but he struggled with officers inside the eatery.

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After the struggle the man was taken to the hospital at his request for possible injuries. Police told the Post he was transported to a hospital and will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Police remained at the Cheesecake Factory to monitor the crowds.

A DoorDash spokesperson said in a comment to Fox News they are "aware of this incident, and are cooperating with local law enforcement.”

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Carnegie Deli pop-up already has 6,000-person waiting list

The iconic Carnegie Deli has reopened downtown for a week, thanks to Amazon’s hit series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

The pop-up is in Nolita, rather than the original institution’s Midtown location on Seventh Avenue and 55th Street, which closed in 2016 after four decades.

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Mimicking the world of the hit period comedy, the downtown pop-up looks like a 1950s deli, and items are priced appropriately, with sandwiches named after characters from the show going for 99 cents. (The former menu was known for behemoth sandwiches that shared names with stars, such as the 4-inch-thick pastrami-and-corned-beef Woody, named after director Woody Allen.)

All funds and tips go to the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

The original institution’s Midtown location, on Seventh Avenue and 55th Street, closed in 2016 after four decades in business. (iStock)

There are 6,000 people on the waitlist to get into the place, which is running through Saturday.

But Joshua Greenberg, the producer of the pop-up, told “Page Six TV” that the hot spot could keep going if New Yorkers show up.

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According to Vogue.com, “waitresses wear knee-length dresses with buttons, capped sleeves and aprons, and they greet customers with terms of endearment.”

The spot’s signature sandwich, the Maisel, is for “women who eat, not ladies who lunch.”

Denver restaurant assures town it is ‘not a drive-thru’ after getting hit by third car in one year

There's a new contender for the title of world’s unluckiest restaurant.

The management of The Hornet in Denver, Colo., says no one was injured when a car plowed into the eatery in the early hours of Dec. 1, marking the third time this year that this exact thing has happened.

“No really… not a drive-thru,” the restaurant reiterated in a post shared to Facebook on Saturday, along with a photo of the BMW that drive straight through the windows and into the dining area around 2 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into police custody, police confirmed. (The Hornet)

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"This year we are cursed," Hornet owner Sean Workman told Fox 31, adding that employees had been working in that area only moments before.

“We had some staff members that narrowly missed it by a matter of seconds,” he said.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital before being taken into custody, police confirmed to The Denver Post.

Another section of the restaurant’s windows had been boarded up at the time of Saturday’s crash, the result of a different car striking the building in November. The management had even spray-painted the words “again, not a drive-thru” on the plywood covering that side of the restaurant after the building was first struck by yet another driver in February.

Following the second accident in November, the staff spraypainted the phrase, "Again, not a drive-thru" on the outside. (The Hornet)

Now, the new plywood covering the latest damage reads “#ParkingInTheRear,” according to a photo shared to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The same plywood was used to assure patrons the restaurant had reopened as of late Saturday. However, Katelyn Erickson, the Hornet's bar manager, said a significant portion of the dining area needed to remain closed, resulting in fewer available shifts for employees, the Post reported.

“We have [lots] of holiday parties and we don't want to let our guests down. Also, there are 43 wonderful employees here that need to earn a living and we hope the Baker neighborhood will come out and support us. We will keep you posted,” the restaurant wrote on Facebook.

The Hornet, seen here without a car actively driving into it. (Google)

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Oddly enough, Denver’s Hornet restaurant isn’t the only eatery suffering from this same unfortunate “curse”: A restaurant in Brockton, Mass., was hit by a car in August, marking the third time such an incident was reported by that exact location in two years.

Restaurant offers free meal for kids if parents don’t use cell phones during dinner

A U.K.-based restaurant chain is offering an incentive to parents who don’t use their cell phones during dinner – a free meal for their children.

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Frankie & Benny’s decided to launch the “no-phone zone” promotion after the family-friendly restaurant conducted a survey of 1,500 people to see how the use of cell phones affected dinnertime.

According to the survey, nearly 20 percent of children said they felt their parents preferred to be on their phones during meals than to talk. About 23 percent of parents admitted they checked their cell phones during meals – often while their child was talking. Around 10 percent of children even said they went as far as to try and hide their parents’ phones to get more attention.

As a way to combat the trend of parents preferring screen time over family time, the New York-style Italian restaurant offered free meals for kids when parents give up their devices.

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"Children spell love T-I-M-E and by putting away screens parents are sending the message that their children are important to them and that can only be good for family time," parenting expert Susan Atkins said a press release from the restaurant, Today reported. "Parents are role models in everything that they do and in everything that they say, so by managing their own screen time parents are teaching their kids by example about when and where technology use is appropriate."

During the promotion, which started November 27, Frankie & Benny’s will provide a special box for parents to store their devices in during the meal.

Though the promotion is optional, the restaurant does “actively encourage” parents to participate.

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Those on social media were divided about the restaurant’s move.

The chain will run its promotion through December 7.

Alabama family takes Christmas pictures at Waffle House

For one sweet Alabama family, it’s not Waffle House, it’s Waffle Home.

When Zack and Malinda Nichols were planning the photo shoot for their 2018 Christmas card with their two young daughters, they just couldn’t get excited about a traditional yuletide theme.

When Zack and Malinda Nichols were planning the photoshoot for their 2018 Christmas card with their two young daughters, they just couldn’t get excited about a traditional yuletide theme. (Jake Marvin Photography)

“I told my husband that I didn’t want to do another round of family Christmas card photos outside with the trees and nature around us. It’s not us. It’s not who we are. It’s not what we do,” Malinda told WBRC.

Instead, the couple selected a favorite location close to their heart: Waffle House, the iconic Southern-based breakfast chain

“Some of our family’s favorite moments have been marked at this beloved American institution. This great equalizer." (Jake Marvin Photography)

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“Some of our family’s favorite moments have been marked at this beloved American institution. This great equalizer,” the mom of two continued. “It was one of Dhanya’s first tastes of America and was my last meal before we went to the hospital to have Evie.”

Taking fun photos eating, drinking and enjoying each other’s company, the final portraits turned out to be sweeter than a fresh stack of flapjacks. (Jake Marvin Photography)

“We’ve eaten here on date nights when we just wanted to wear sweatpants and watch a movie, have had great and meaningful conversations with our best friends, drove straight here from the airport after a long trips abroad, hit it up after football games, sought it out on road trips…or like most people, just end up here when we want comfort food!” she added.

​​​The Nichols family honored their love of the breakfast chain with a Christmas photo shoot. (Jake Marvin Photography)

Sporting their Sunday best, the family of four met photographer Jake Marvin at the Helena Waffle House, Fox 5 reports. Taking fun photos eating, drinking and enjoying each other’s company, the final portraits turned out to be sweeter than a fresh stack of flapjacks.

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(Jake Marvin Photography)

The Nichols family aren’t the first people to honor to their love of the breakfast chain with a proper photoshoot, however. Over the summer, a Georgia couple took Waffle House-themed wedding portraits – not long after they posed for Waffle House engagement pics. Weeks later, a three-year-old boy from the Peach State celebrated his birthday bash at Waffle House, too.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Restaurant’s anti-Trump shirts spark backlash, prompt apology

A Mexican restaurant in Rhode Island is getting backlash for selling T-shirts that advocated impeaching President Trump.

Wendy Carr, owner of Amigos Taqueria y Tequila in Westerly, said the business sold shirts with the logo “86 45” printed on the back to raise money for political candidates. According to The Westerly Sun, which first reported the story, restaurant staff wore the shirts on Election Day this year.

Carr says “86” means to get rid of or replace an order in restaurant lingo, and the “45” refers to Trump, the 45th U.S. president.

However, several people, including Republican state Sen. Elaine Morgan, claim the shirt is advocating for violence against Trump, alleging “86” means to “murder” someone.

"To ‘86’ or ‘Deep 6’ a person means to murder them,” Morgan said in a statement to NBC10. “Calling for the murder of anyone is wrong. Calling for the murder of our president is not only wrong but also treasonous. The right thing to do for any responsible citizen would be to call attention to and try to put a stop to this blatant incitement of violence.”

Carr has denied the use of the phrase number “86” as meaning anything other than replace.

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"I would never advocate for harm of violence in any way,” said Carr to WJAR. “The T-shirt was clearly always had the message of, ‘Impeach the president.’”

Carr said her restaurant has been harassed to the point of them having to disconnect the phone because of the amount of calls it had been receiving from around the country.

Carr said the shirts will not be sold by the restaurant or worn by staff.

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The restaurant’s website has been replaced with an explanation of the shirt, including screenshots from Amazon – which also sells “86 45” t-shirts – which shows “86” means to “throw out, get rid of, nix, or to eject someone.”

On the company’s website, Carr apologized to anyone who believed she was advocating for harm and asked customers to practice respect for those who share different political opinions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Good Samaritan saves choking baby at Golden Corral: ‘Christ was with us today’

A 7-month-old child is safe after a Good Samaritan stepped in and saved her from choking at a North Carolina Golden Corral restaurant on Thanksgiving.

New mom Hannah Marie Jarvis was enjoying the holiday with her family at the buffet chain when her baby, Calli, started to choke.

“We were all at the Golden Corral. We were celebrating Thanksgiving,” Jarvis told local news station WLOS. “We were just feeding her some mashed potatoes. She just started gagging all of a sudden. She was choking.”

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A waitress came over and yelled out asking if anyone could help the family.

Deborah Rouse, who was dining at the restaurant, volunteered and began performing the Heimlich maneuver on the infant.

“This lady named Deborah intervened, and she started performing the Heimlich maneuver on her,” Jarvis said to WLOS. “She held her down, like this, taking multiple blows to her back. It was miraculous, she started breathing again.”

The Heimlich maneuver is typically performed by giving quick compressions under the ribcage for adults. However, for infants, forceful blows to the back while the baby is face down with its head supported is the recommended technique.

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Rouse, who said she is a mother of five, quickly executed the Heimlich.

Jarvis was overjoyed and said she and her family hugged Rouse at the restaurant, but forgot to get her phone number. Later, Jarvis said she told her husband, who serves in the Marines, how thankful she was for the woman.

“I will never forget the many tears that were shed today in Golden Corral as this angel stepped in to preform [sic] the heimlich maneuver that saved my baby from choking to death. Most importantly, thank you Jesus for hearing our desperate cries for Calli this Thanksgiving afternoon,” Jarvis wrote on Facebook, along with a picture of Rouse posing with Calli. “Christ was with us today.”

Jarvis, who told WLOS she wanted to track down Rouse to thank her again for her actions, caught Rouse’s attention with her social media post that was shared nearly 100 times.

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“Good evening Mrs. Hannah, I saw the news article and I messaged you my number! I’m elated that Callie is doing well, y’all have been on my mind since yesterday! Love you all and take care,” Rouse responded, Yahoo Lifestyle reported.

Rouse later responded to Jarvis’ social media post, writing, “What a blessing!! What a Thanksgiving.” She added “I’m soooooooo THANKFUL to God for having me in the right place at the right time!!! God, You are WORTHY.”

Jarvis said Calli was evaluated at the hospital after the incident and is doing well.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Burger restaurant closed after viral video shows employees cooking rat on grill

Teddy's Bigger Burgers has closed the Mapunapuna location and fired two employees who appeared in the Snapchat video.

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"We are horrified that a former teenage employee would conduct themselves in that way and make such a video of which we are investigating its authenticity," said Richard Stula, the president of Teddy's Bigger Burgers.

The company initiated a "complete sanitization" and is replacing equipment and utensils at the fast-food restaurant after the video was shared with them several days ago, Stula said in the statement.

"We will then send a corporate team in to inspect and complete a thorough audit of the location before it is allowed to re-open," Stula said.

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The state Department of Health is scheduled to inspect the restaurant on Mapunapuna Street on Friday.

The company is also contacting a licensed pest control operator to examine the restaurant for rodents, said Peter Oshiro, the state's environmental health program manager. "DOH appreciates the remedial and proactive efforts undertaken by the restaurant owner to protect public health," Oshiro said in a statement.

The restaurant received a passing green placard following its last state inspection in June.

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The company is consulting with its attorneys about potential legal action against the former employees, Stula said. "We are horrified a former employee would create something like this trying to destroy our reputation without regard for our 20-plus years of quality and aloha," he said.