Some restaurants have sidelined TikTok hacks and “secret menu” revelations, and a Waffle House location is letting customers know they’ve had enough.
In a recent video by TikTok user @officialgodbodycash, a sign can be seen at the checkout counter of a Waffle House location, alerting customers to their menu guidelines.
“Order from the menu. We don’t do anything you’ve seen on TikTok,” the sign reads.
“TikTok takes over everything but Waffle House,” @officialgodbodycash captioned their video.
@officialgodbodycash They said no haha #fyp #wafflehouse #trends #foru #xyzbca #viral ♬ Original sound – officialgodbodycash
Waffle House didn’t respond to The Daily Dot’s request for comment, but there have been multiple reports that TikTok hacks have been a real nuisance for food industry workers.
The publication The Takeout reports that hacks not only cost companies money, but can also cause delays for employees who have to fill multiple orders at the same time.
Some establishments have taken hacks and secret menu items more kindly. For example, Starbucks’ popular “pink drink” became an official menu item in 2017 after making various rounds on Instagram.
Other places like Chipotle have been less open to hacks. Business Insider reports that the restaurant chain removed the ability to order tacos from its digital menu in September after customers began exploiting a viral social media hack for $3 burritos.
Some commenters on @officialgodbodycash’s video seemed amused by the Waffle House site’s hardcore attitude towards TikTok trends.
“Waffle House won’t be playing everything,” said one commenter.
“The staff SICK from the TikTok specials,” wrote another commenter.
Some pointed out that the restaurant’s refusal to participate in certain trends could stunt business growth.
“Waffle House still hasn’t kept up with the modern world. They don’t even deliver,” said one person.
“So the internet is giving them more business and they don’t want it,” commented another.
The Daily Dot reached out to @officialgodbodycash via TikTok comment and Instagram direct message.
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*Initial publication: January 13, 2023 12:19 pm CST
Allyson Waller is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has written for other publications such as the New York Times and the Miami Herald. Outside of the journalistic world, her joys include delving into book recommendations from TikTok, listening to pop culture podcasts, and playing with her dog, Theo.
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