The cook who went viral for her “superhero” act during a violent brawl at a US Waffle House has broken her silence on social media.
On Christmas Day, a video was posted of chaos unfolding at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, as frustrated patrons jumped the barrier and started physically assaulting staff.
A female customer is seen hurling abuse at the employees and then jumps onto the counter, prompting a female employee to throw a sugar shaker at her. This then causes an all-out war between staff and several customers, who end getting into a punch-up in the restaurant kitchen. At one point, a man has a female staff member in a head lock and ignores her struggles to break free.
Videos were posted online and it soon started trending on Twitter, racking up millions of views and comments, though not for the reasons you might expect.
It was a blonde female employee who has been the talk of the town due to her quick reflexes and impressive deflection when a chair was chucked at her.
She has been hailed as “Waffle House Girl” and some think she should be the next Wonder Woman.
The clip shows the Waffle House employee incredibly catching the chair violently thrown at her one-handed, then goading the perpetrator to try it again.
“The US Military has many branches defending our country,” comedian Brad Williams tweeted. “Army, navy, marines, air force, Waffle House employees.”
“I was curious why Waffle House was trending,” tweeted civil rights lawyer Scott Hechinger.
“I figured it was a fight. But after going down the rabbit hole, watching various clips, I‘ve come to the conclusion that this was no fight. This was the global coronation of a new superhero. ‘Waffle House Girl.’”
“She needs to be the lead in the next action film,” actor and musician Mekka Don tweeted. ”Waffle House job training is off the chain.”
“I trained at Waffle House,” tweeted Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman.
Now Waffle House Girl has taken to social media to share her side of the insane brawl.
She identified herself as Hailey, and wouldn’t give her last name citing privacy reasons, revealed the brawl started because there were no tables for them and six customers grew angry when they were turned away.
The group of six inebriated friends ended up sitting in a section of the restaurant that had been closed because they were doing the last call. When staff didn’t take their order, they started throwing disrespect at Hailey.
She told them she wasn’t going to cook them their food as they were being rude.
They then stepped into the staff section of the restaurant, causing staff to warn her that the workers would use any means necessary to get her out of there.
She then jumped on the counter and accidentally fell into the kitchen section.
The woman’s five other friends then joined her. They all grabbed Hailey by the hair and she said she could feel someone hitting her on the head and used her hands to block it.
At the end of the fight, Hailey even picked up the customers wallet and tried to hand it back to her. The customer denied it was their wallet and threw another plate at her.
No-one was ever arrested or charged over the incident.
She revealed there are bullet holes at some Waffle Houses she’s previously worked at.
On Christmas Day, two people were arrested at a Waffle House in Madison, Georgia, over reports of a fight.
However, the clip that has been circulating is believed to be from September 2021.
It appears someone posted after hearing another Waffle House had been caught up in a brawl.
Both incidents caused one US citizen to comment: “The best part of Waffle House isn‘t the food. It’s the fights”.
It comes as Australia experienced its very own version of this dramatic fight.
Last Thursday night, a woman jumped over the counter at an Adelaide McDonald’s restaurant, hurling abuse at customers and helping herself to food and drinks.