Waffle House Customers Take ‘Dine and Dash’ to Another Level


When most people ‘dine and dash’ they often eat their meals before scurrying off without paying. In this case, a family switched up the usual game to add a twist.

Police arrested three suspects after a family of six ate at a Waffle House in Shelby, North Carolina. Instead of leaving without paying, they allegedly robbed the place at gunpoint.

After the family had eaten, one of the family members pulled out a gun and demanded money from the restaurant staff. Later, he fled to a nearby gas station while the other suspects fled in two different Ford vehicles.

Tamiko Lashun Jones and Tony Eugene Lemon, both of Marshall, Texas, and Diamond Walton, of Longview, Texas, were arrested by Hillsborough police. They were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and defrauding an innkeeper.

This Waffle House robbery wasn’t the first for the family. There may be more charges coming in relation to a similar incident that happened in Minden, Louisiana, the week before.

Waffle House restaurants have become an easy target for criminals. Apparently, since the eateries are open 24 hours a day and are often located in high-crime areas, they’re the perfect spot for a quick dine and dash.

“Waffle Houses are located next to major highways, which makes getaways convenient, and they are open at odd hours, thus attracting people not necessarily tied to jobs,” said Leonard Sipes, a former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice.


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