Server ‘Reveals’ Waffle House Hashbrowns are cooked with oil

A TikToker revealed that a Waffle House customer who requested crispy hash browns demanded a refund after seeing a chef use oil — a common cooking ingredient, particularly at Waffle House — to make them.

Bogart, Georgia-based creator Autumn Brooke Cleary (@autumn.brooke1) shared the story straight from the Waffle House in question. According to a receipt shown in the video, the order was placed around 2 a.m. on December 28, Waffle House’s peak hour, at a location in Athens.

The clip resonated immediately with its audience, garnering almost 500,000 views within 15 hours of appearing on the platform.

In the video, the Waffle House waitress begins by remarking, “I just had a lady walk in and she said, ‘Can I have a well sprinkled hash browns?'”

After realizing that the customer had paid for the order and a chef was beginning it, the woman clearly expressed concern that the chef had used oil to bring her fried potatoes to the desired crispiness.

“She was like, ‘He put oil on it,'” says the TikToker, mimicking the customer’s voice and idiosyncrasies before bluntly stating, “This is how hash browns are cooked.”

@autumn.brooke1 Hashbrowns are cooked in oil

Again, the customer expressed concern about the use of oil, and although the waitress insisted, “This is how they’re made,” she decided she didn’t want the hash browns anymore.

“Okay, I’ll give you a refund,” says the waitress, showing a Waffle House receipt stamped “REFUND” — and mirrored notations visible in the waitress’ presumed handwriting, beginning with “She was disgusted by Hashbrowns.” cooked in oil” at the top of the receipt.

“I had to reimburse her for the hash browns because she was just amazed that they are cooked in oil,” concludes the waitress. “I’m just stunned.”

The same goes for a number of commenters who agreed with the hashtags “#nothealthy” and “#nothingherishealthy” that Cleary added to the caption.

“Ma’am this is Waffle House,” one person wrote. “Everything from the potatoes to the windows is smeared with oil.”

Another quipped, “Don’t tell her about fries.”

Another user commented on the paradox of being crispy without using oil, saying, “Girls, I was trying to explain to my friend the pain people are having who ordered ‘steamed hash browns extra crispy’ the other day.”

While others continued in this vein, pointing out that the Venn diagram between “healthy options” and Waffle House doesn’t show much overlap, some pointed out that Waffle House oil could really be a problem.

“I once trained a girl on a deep fryer,” explained one commenter with alleged Waffle House experience, “and when she saw the result while collapsing at the end of the night, she refused to eat our food.”

Another suggested that maybe it was to know about the oil that was the problem, and observed, “Was it the problem that they were cooked in oil, or was it the problem *witnessing* the oil?”

While some people suggested butter as an alternative, one user joked, “I thought they got that magical flavor from being cooked in the blood of dead fairies. I have never heard of oil being used.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Cleary for comment via TikTok and Facebook direct message.


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*Initial publication: December 29, 2022 at 7:20 am CST

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