Man found living atop Georgia Waffle House

Some people eat at the Waffle House so much it feels like home.

Friendly waitresses only add to the charm.

The first Waffle House is now a museum in Avondale Estates.

The first Waffle House is now a museum in Avondale Estates.

But there’s no denying the popular roadside eateries are also weirdo magnets.

Something wacky can happen at any minute. Kid Rock may be throwing punches, or cooking up grub while meeting and greeting local fans. Or maybe a famed tiny outlaw is doing his “Little Houdini” impersonation and slipping away from a hungry deputy.

In Augusta Tuesday, an air conditioner repairman found a man living atop a Gordon Highway location in what was described as a temporary shelter, according to Augusta’s ABC station.

Waffle House managers aren’t allowed to talk about the incident, and firefighters called to the scene to pluck him off the roof didn’t identify the man or know how long he was up there.

The rooftop denizen was taken to a local hospital for dehydration. It’s a good thing too, it’s going to be hotter than a Texas Melt today.

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Paul

May 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

I’m not from Georgia, but this really is sad. People can make fun of those who are down on their luck, and keep on kicking them down, but there had to be a good reason behind him living on that roof. Don’t go making jokes about something you never went through. Some shared about going out into their community passing out food, clothes and sharing Christ with those on the streets. That is great, but there are more needs then just those few. Do you help them get into a safe shelter, or open up your church for them to have a warm place to go to? I’ve been there, and seen how some churches treat those on the streets. They say one thing and do not follow through with anything. I can’t speak for all the churches, but some of the huge MegaChurches seems to want to keep building a building, then building lives.

JerryFromGa

May 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

I thought I have seen it all at Waffle House, but bums living on the roof? That one is new.

JerryFromGa

May 11th, 2011
4:12 pm

For all the bleeding hearts on here, why don’t you take some homeless folks home with you and tell me how that works out for you? There are tons by Peachtree and Pine Street in downtown Atlanta.

Bill

May 11th, 2011
4:13 pm

There but for the grace of God…

AJC Edit, Corrections & Redactions Department

May 11th, 2011
4:19 pm

Correction: This is actually at the Waffle Temporary shelter which should not be confused with the Waffle House.

We are sorry for the incorrect information, but all of our fact checkers were laid off ages ago.

1stcav

May 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

Don, we’ll never satisfy the likes of Brenda. Another Obama liberal looking at the world through rose colored glasses. If Brenda had a church, she would obviously know of all the great things we do to serve God and help our fellow man. I really feel sorry for someone like her.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

May 11th, 2011
4:39 pm

It was Rush Limbaugh.

Paul

May 11th, 2011
4:41 pm

Wow!!! So, he was living on the roof of a temporary shelter.

jerry

May 11th, 2011
4:52 pm

I saw him. I had just came outside after having 2 quarter-pounders, hash browns, and a large coke, and he looked down and said “I haven’t eaten for two days”. I said “mister, you got more will power than I have.”

El Gato Malo

May 11th, 2011
5:03 pm

OK, you don’t have to be hilarious, but you should at least be a little entertaining with your blogs. Don’t be that guy at a party that insists on telling jokes when he isn’t funny!

Rex

May 11th, 2011
5:28 pm

@1stcav, yeah you’re really serving God and your fellow man when you imply that the millions of people who voted for the President are somehow “inferior” to your superlative way of life. People like you give Christianity a terrible name, so please keep your judgmental comments to yourself and go about “ministering” to those who “you” feel are deserving. It makes you all warm inside, I’m sure. BTW, Jesus was a liberal.

MeaneyMouse

May 11th, 2011
5:57 pm

HEYYYY YOU DANGED WOODCHUCKS!! QUIT CHUCKING MY WOOD!!

God

May 11th, 2011
6:07 pm

You are all going to hell.

maybe his last name is Waffle

May 11th, 2011
6:09 pm

so that’s his house, right?

debra

May 11th, 2011
6:21 pm

Waffle House may be known as redneck central but they have darn good food, and it is always entertaining in there. I worked there many moons ago, and as far as I know, I am still the only person to have ever closed a waffle house. I came in for my shift, 11 pm to 7 am, but nobody else showed, and the idiot manager went home and left me alone. And i tried :) I cooked, waited tables, and shouted “I am alone so it’s going to be a wait”, until every dish was dirty and I was way over my head. I got everybody out, put a “closed” sign taped to the door, locked it, and called regional. I sat down and waited, expected to be fired. I wasn’t fired but that manager was. :) this was way back before robbery was a hobby :)

CatOnAHotTinRoof

May 11th, 2011
6:35 pm

Guy’s lucky the WH cooks didn’t find him first, he mighta wound up an ingredient in the chile special.

Tool Man Dan

May 11th, 2011
6:46 pm

There is always someone that can not find humor in the humorous. “Oh, the homeless should not be laughed at”. Oh the poor people should be able to live in churches”. We better laugh now peeps because the way our economy is going, we could all be living on Waffle House roofs. I take my humor as it comes and I am not ashamed. Go hug a tree Brenda.

Ross

May 11th, 2011
7:45 pm

Some things are not funny – prison rape, cancer, homelessness. Those who are homeless are often worse than dead, because they no longer exist, nor have they any eternal rest – there is no place to lie down, no place to use the bathroom, a life where being cold and filthy surpasses even being hungry in awful existential horror. America is a cruel land, and those without anywhere to live suffer the full fury of its cruelty.

Barry O

May 11th, 2011
7:53 pm

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Anonymous

May 11th, 2011
8:49 pm

I work at Waffle House, (not that one or anywhere near it), and am trying to figure out how he was getting on and off the roof. There wasn’t a ladder that he could just climb right on up with. Doesn’t make any sense.

Bill

May 11th, 2011
9:21 pm

Probably just liked the view.

pamela matthews

May 11th, 2011
10:24 pm

hi i thank u guys are so mean about this situation what if were u are me would u thank it was funny then thank u very much. lol at that.

Panties

May 12th, 2011
5:06 am

Hi, Brenda, you are sooooooo cute. I love all of the comments here. Gawd, y’all are so funny. Also, I am hungry for some waffles.

The state of Texas should Free Willie Nelson and Pardon him for his sins with the wacky weed.

Panties

May 12th, 2011
5:10 am

Did everyone understand what I said? I said: Texas should Free Willie Nelson.

Rodney

May 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Brenda,

You really come off as one extremely, arrogant, pompous, jerk. It is obvious, you have no idea of the outreach programs the ‘megachurches’ are taking part in. I DO know how you can find out though. GO JOIN ONE!!!! and become a part of the solution instead of being so insolent.

Rodney

May 12th, 2011
10:54 am

For Paul:
Do we really help the unfortunate by just handing them EVERYTHING they need on an indefinite basis? Assistance and hand-outs are not intended to be a cure all. They are meant as a temporary solution until a person can be taught how to go about getting on his feet, i.e. arming him with the knowledge necessary how and where to find work, directing him to available shelters until he IS on his feet, providing him food & clothes, etc. It is not the church’s job to house homeless inside the church building. Many churches build separate facilities for just that reason. I have witnessed first hand just what the down and out can do to a facility. They have no respect for others’ property because they don’t have an investment in it. They can destroy the interior of a building in 3 days. That is not a personal attack. Much of what you and other critics like to spout is not factual. You are just repeating something you have heard. You have no first-hand knowledge of what you say. How do I know that? Because I know the facts first-hand. If you really want to find out, go join any church’s effort to help the homeless. Be a part of the solution instead of the whiners on the sidelines. Be a man. Just do it. I dare ya. You will be surprised how good it can make you feel knowing you are really helping these unfortunate people. Also, keep in mind, many of these people are here by choice and decide they don’t want a job or any responsibility no matter how much you might want to help them.

Bob Wagner

May 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

I’m of two minds about this. Do I make fun of him? Sympathize with him? Ridicule? Sympathize? Ridicule? Sympathize?