TALLAHASSEE — A couple practically leaped out of their seats during a visit to a local Waffle House after their ice water came with a stomach-churning surprise: a dead frog.
Claire Sheats reported the unwanted amphibious encounter Nov. 5 after visiting the Waffle House near U.S. Highway 90 east and Interstate 10.
"We were served a WHOLE FROG in our ice water at Waffle House today," she said in the complaint. "The waitress brought our drink over and my husband sipped on it before noticing the frog floating in the glass. We brought it to the attention of the employees and manager, then promptly left the restaurant."
Sheats, in her complaint to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, noted she has photos and videos of the incident.
DBPR inspected the restaurant Nov. 9. It issued 13 warnings, three of which were high-priority. Some of the warnings included food storage temperature violations and refrigerator drawers not being maintained in good repair.
When an inspector returned for a follow-up on Thursday, the restaurant had complied with nine of the warnings, including all of the high-priority ones. It received a time extension on the other four.
A Waffle House spokesman, Pat Warner, said in a statement to WCTV:
"We are concerned about this claim and are currently investigating the circumstances. Our corporate team is working with the local operators to determine the facts. Based on what our District Manager saw at the time and after reviewing the video, there are still some issues we are looking into. Serving quality food and delivering a quality experience are responsibilities we take seriously, and we will continue to review this matter," Warner said.