There’s nothing worse than losing an intense bet. Except, however, maybe spending 24 hours inside of the iconic cheap breakfast food hot-spot, the Waffle House.
One person helped document what it was like to spend a full day inside a Waffle House. Lee Sanderlin is an avid fantasy football league player. Unfortunately for him, he came in dead last in his league and had a punishment lined up for the loser.
He shared the entire grueling experience on Twitter. It all started with the introductory tweet, “I am coming to you live from a Brandon, Mississippi Waffle House. I, a total loser, came in last place in my fantasy football league. As punishment, I spend 24 hours in a Waffle House. Every waffle I eat shaves an hour off the clock. It’s 4:07 Central.”
As it turns out, he took the punishment pretty seriously and did plant himself down in one of those booths for hours. He brought along some books, magazines, as well as podcasts to help chip away at the long hours.
Above all, waffles filled the time — and his stomach. He posted a glorious photo of two buttered up and syrup drowned waffles at the beginning of his thread. He shared, “2 down. That means two hours down. 21.37 hours left roughly. Already my stomach is rumbling. Gonna be a long one. The staff does not believe me that I’ll be here that long… little do they know.”
It feels like the Waffle House World Waffle Eating Championship all over again. Competitive eater Joey Chestnut broke the world record for eating 18.5 large waffles in 10 minutes and 23 seconds in 2006.
Nearing the End of the Waffle House Sleepover
All in all, Waffle House has seen some interesting characters over the years.
For Lee Sanderlin, at least he doesn’t have to scarf down thick and batter-heavy waffles in 10 minutes. However, he did share that after only 1.5 hours in, there were four waffles sitting uncomfortably in his stomach. As he explains it so eloquently, “I am already in immense discomfort. Please, somebody, launch me into the sun.”
It seems like his “league commissioner” made all the rules for him. The number of waffles he ate also cut down on the time he had to spend there. It looks like he spent most of his time just gazing out there from his Waffle House booth. He even captured a snippet of Mississippi life.
Within seven hours Sanderlin had consumed six waffles, which is something even competitive eater Matt Stonie could be supportive of. At least he didn’t have to spend any time reading the Waffle House menu. The Waffle House itself got “pretty peaceful right now. Kind of zen.”
He visited the parking lot to charge his phone halfway through and even ordered some coffee. As he says, it was to “get things moving.”
At the end of it all, he spend about 15 hours there and consumed, with great difficulty, nine waffles in that booth.
It seems like it was all quite the challenge, but was certainly entertaining for his followers and other social media users. His initial tweet has over 68,000 likes so far.
He may be “full of waffles but devoid of life,” but at least he probably gained some new followers.