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.

78 comments Add your comment

oh well

May 11th, 2011
12:30 pm

a hobo and a side of hash browns smothered , covered and scattered ! damn it don’t get much better

Charles

May 11th, 2011
12:35 pm

Scattered and smothered please

Elder Flower Child

May 11th, 2011
12:45 pm

Hey, he felt safe up there. Actually kind of creative.

IHOP

May 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

Was he the cook?

ssmith

May 11th, 2011
12:49 pm

Smart man! He’s the first one in line for dumpster leftovers!

vee

May 11th, 2011
12:50 pm

sounds better than where this guy lives under a bridge on I85. i’m always afraid he’ll roll over in his sleep and end up in the slow lane!

Brenda

May 11th, 2011
12:57 pm

I really think this is a sad story and not one to be laughed at and made fun of. Obviously a homeless person while your tax free megachurches remain empty other than Sunday morning while the plate is being passed. Have some compassion, it could be you or a family member next.

Old Scratch

May 11th, 2011
1:02 pm

They should let him live on top of the World of Sid & Marty Krofft when it’s resurrected!

Don

May 11th, 2011
1:04 pm

Brenda:
I am a member of a 161 year old Methodist church. In addition to daily church activities the following meet there at no charge: Alcoholics Anonymous, GED, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts.

John Marchant

May 11th, 2011
1:08 pm

The sign did say Waffle HOUSE right?

Roach

May 11th, 2011
1:08 pm

At least you can get up there. Tried living on top of a McDonalds with that high, sloping roof?

Cable Guy

May 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

I do have compassion, but, I don’t care who you are – that’s a funny story!

El Gato Malo

May 11th, 2011
1:13 pm

Our society makes pervert, pseudo-ministers like Eddie Long filthy rich, while there are sad, broken and hungry people out there that could use a hand.

Cable Guy

May 11th, 2011
1:14 pm

Talk about high sloping roofs – have you tried camping out on top of an I-Hop!

Ross

May 11th, 2011
1:17 pm

I’m glad homelessness and desperation are so funny to everyone. It’s so entertaining when bums suffer!

Ross

May 11th, 2011
1:21 pm

I apologize for my comment. It was sarcastic and contributed nothing.

joe

May 11th, 2011
1:30 pm

I prefer my perch atop Blue Ridge Grill. I can see the interstate traffic driving by…

Dandy Don's boy

May 11th, 2011
1:35 pm

Just because I go to church I am now supposed to buy this man a house and meal. Who is paying for my house and meals…..l

vince neil

May 11th, 2011
1:37 pm

You feel at home at Waffle House!

cy

May 11th, 2011
1:40 pm

wonder if he had a fort made of waffles?

btw, nice recent photo.

Bluto

May 11th, 2011
1:44 pm

I say we take up a collection to remove the stick out of Brenda’s A**

Pissed off

May 11th, 2011
1:47 pm

What really makes me made is America is sending all of our money to other countries and our own country has so much need for help….

Cable Guy

May 11th, 2011
1:48 pm

Why did someone have to mention churches and pastors and ruin a funny blog?

NANA

May 11th, 2011
2:07 pm

The plight of the homeless is a sad one. I am sure he felt a sense of security being off the street. God bless him and I pray he can find his way out of darkness.

Bredna

May 11th, 2011
2:07 pm

Eddie Long will lend a hand…he always does with the longfellows :)

Eddie Long

May 11th, 2011
2:08 pm

Hey Bluto, I say we call over some of my buddies from our Mega Church, and shove a nice big fat stick up your a**.

Church Lady

May 11th, 2011
2:09 pm

Enter your comments here

Church Lady

May 11th, 2011
2:10 pm

All you people are sooooo special.

what???

May 11th, 2011
2:15 pm

@Brenda…not sure what church you are referring too, but we had 2500 in worship Sunday, saw 25 decisions made, had 30 folks in downtown for 9 hours Saturday loving on the folks under the bridges, have events 7 days a week……just fyi….by the way, our chance 2 group was busting at the seams this week also.

bailer

May 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

Its a good thing the lord is all about faith and forgiveness. you are such a sad bunch.

Brenda

May 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

@Don, and I bet your church isn’t a megachurch is it?

bailer

May 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

@eddie long—- you of all people would know about the stick.

mike

May 11th, 2011
2:51 pm

Let’s give him Brenda’s address. She won’t mind taking the ole chap in. Right Brenda?

El Gato Malo

May 11th, 2011
2:53 pm

Eddie Long isn’t gay, but his bofriends are!

Sharissa

May 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

Brenda, there is no reason why you should lay the insensitive comments at the door of the church. There is no indication that these people are professed followers of Christ. Why must you jump to such a conclusion? Come with me to Alabama next weekend to try to help my suffering hometown. Or go with me downtown to minister to the poor people who live around Boulevard. Or go with me on prison ministry. Let your actions match your fingerpointing.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

May 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

Any truth to the rumor that he was actually better dressed and groomed than the patrons inside at the time?

Oh, and there was less dirt under his fingernails than the nails of the cook.

Ha!

Sharissa

May 11th, 2011
2:57 pm

And yes, mine is a megachurch, which is full every Sunday in two chapels at each 9:30 and 11:30 service, and out in the community the rest of the week ministering to the poor, the abused, the homeless, the orphans, and the prostitutes. We are full of the love of Christ and take his command to feed his sheep quite literally. You can’t tar us all with the same brush.

Eddie Long

May 11th, 2011
2:59 pm

Hey Bad Cat, do i sense a little Homo Phobia, my Boy Friends can take care of that for you. Why don’t you stop by the Church, we can meet and have some Sweet Tea…

[...] I guess if the loan modification process doesn’t work out, we’ve got a plan… [...]

shaggy

May 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

That is quality housing on that part of Gordon Road. Augusta has The National, Fort Gordon, and that is about it.

Hot and Fresh

May 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

I’d rather live on top of a Krispy Kreme than a Waffle House anyday!

El Gato Malo

May 11th, 2011
3:04 pm

No thanks, Eddie Long. I pass. You and your boyfriends keep on playing “hide the winnie”.

Dumbo

May 11th, 2011
3:09 pm

Greasy!!!!!!!

Not sure how this made the news, but..

May 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

Brenda – Well said
Don – That’s nice but organized religion is still the root of all evil in the world
John – Clever

Not sure how this made the news, but..

May 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

Brenda – Well said
Don – That’s nice but organized religion is still the root of all evil in the world.
John – Clever

Dine 'N Dash

May 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

Did he wash his hands before returning to work?

Vicki

May 11th, 2011
3:35 pm

Very popular space in India. Whole families live on the roof of businesses in makeshift shelters, even using an open fire for cooking and warmth.

Why Not!

May 11th, 2011
3:39 pm

Im moving to the roof of JR Crickets

Bishop Eddie Longs Red Panties

May 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

HN

May 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

Somewhere in the background I can hear the Coasters singing “Up on the Roof”…Maybe the poor fellow could adopt this as his theme song. He at least deserves a complimentary glass of ice tea for all the free publicity he his providing for the Awful House.

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

Enter your comments here

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?