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Waffle House dispute caught on video goes viral


FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — The detainment of a couple at a Waffle House in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. has gone viral with a video on Facebook and Twitter within the last 24 hours.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department received a call around 1:29 a.m. on May 2nd regarding a couple questioning their to-go bill at the Waffle House located on the 300 block of Miracle Strip Parkway.

According to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, video of the incident has been circulating on Facebook following the May incident, so they issued released police body cam video on Facebook on June 12th, more than a month after the incident.

Both videos offer a different view of the incident. You can see the police body camera here.

The Fort Walton Beach body camera runs for nearly 23-minutes and shows the incident surrounds the overcharge of a $2.50 orange juice on a to-go order.

An officer with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department can be heard on the body cam asking the man to come outside of the Waffle House and asking for him back-up to speed it up.

Both the couple and the police can be heard telling each other they are recording and words are exchanged.

On the body camera video, the officer stated they will be arrested for theft because the couple continued to question an overcharge on their bill.

The couple states on the video they were not paying because they wanted an explanation on , “why is their bill this high”.

According to the video, about 5 minutes in, a Fort Walton Beach officer pulled out a taser and point it at the man.

On the video, a Waffle House employee representing the waitress came out stating “the couple refused to pay $2.50 for a large orange juice”.

“On the menu, it says if you purchase any beverage you get 9-ounce orange juice for a dollar. We tried multiple times to explain that to both him and his significant other but yet they kept yelling and arguing” the employee told police which was captured on body camera.

The employee stated they got water not a beverage, according to the body camera video.

The employee stated he wanted to press charges and at this time both the man and the woman were in handcuffs because the couple did not pay their to-go bill on food they had not receive.

In the end, the couple was released. The woman was allowed back into the store to pay for her to-go order.

WEAR has been trying to contact all parties involved. The Fort Walton Police Department has not commented. We also reached out Waffle House’s corporate office and we are awaiting a response.

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