Waffle House Waitress Arrested For Shooting Customer

MANNING, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina restaurant employee has been arrested and accused of shooting a customer who complained about the service.

The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Yakeisha Ward of Manning is charged with assault and battery within intent to kill.

Deputies say Ward worked at a Waffle House restaurant in Manning and was involved in a fight about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Lt. Tommy Burgess says the fight started when the customer complained about the quality of service in the crowded restaurant.

Burgess says Ward went to her van to get a gun. He says a 27-year-old woman Crystal Samuel was hit in the arm when Ward fired as those trying to break up the fight pointed the gun to the ground and a bullet ricocheted.

"I thought I was gonna get me an All-Star," Samuel told WLTX-TV. A popular meal on the menu. "Grits, sausage, toast, eggs and a waffle,"

It was unclear if Ward had an attorney.


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  • by Jeff Location: Olive Branch Mississippi on May 17, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    I love Waffle houses! I think the crap they have to put up with late nights trying to make a living, the should be allowed to pack side arms.
  • by Neo Location: above the hypocrisy on May 16, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    No takers on a colloquy on my last comment? I figured pointing out stupidity would shut some loudmouths up. Sam.....leo......anybody......
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 16, 2009 at 04:28 AM
    What kind of person would go into a crowded Waffle House at 4am and expect exceptional service? It's sad that she got shot. But I have some advice for you restaurant-goers: It's not a good idea to complain about the people that are handling your food. I worked in a restaurant and witnessed some crazy things that go on.
  • by buddy Location: wallace on May 15, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    as we call it here THE AWFUL HOUSE.
  • by hey wondering on May 14, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    yeah that seems a little over reactive...hey you dont like the eggs over easy? thats it! im gonna go get my gun!
  • by Neo Location: above the hypocrisy on May 14, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Leo and Sam, I was a restaurant manager and district manager for years. Sometimes I thought there should be a background check on customers to see if they were arrogant, self-righteous, hypocritical, between the cheeks body parts before seating them in my restaurant. Alas I had to be open minded and serve them just as we served others who understood that everybody needs an opportunity to work, even if they have a record. If you hypocrits don't let them have a job somewhere they will work on stealing your new lawn tractor or work on breaking in to your home to steal or work on your noggin and take your money. If you give them no way to make a living they will not starve, they will take from you. If you back anybody into a corner you are apt to get bit. Don't put a criminal record on them, turn them loose with a pat on the back and instructions to go lead an honest life and then demand that nobody hire them. How stupid are you?
  • by wondering Location: AR on May 14, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    does anyone wonder if it was more than just a complaint?? Like if it was someone she knew and already didn't like them? I don't know the person I was just thinking about that because that seems a little overboard for just a compkaint??
  • by Will Location: Washington on May 14, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    I'll give you an "All-Star"...scattered,smothered,covered, locked and loaded!
  • by we Location: asd on May 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    wow.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    wow.
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