A couple at a Waffle House in Florida appear to have received an unexpected addition to one of their drinks—a dead frog. Claire Sheats and her husband were at a Tallahassee Waffle House recently and were waiting for their food, and her husband took sips of his water before noticing there was a frog in it. Here’s the video Sheats recorded, via The Tallahassee Democrat:
Lanetra Bennett of Tallahassee CBS affiliate WCTV has more details:
Claire Sheats says she and her husband were sipping on their drinks while waiting on their food at Waffle House. Her husband eventually looked down at his glass.
“In my husband’s drink, there’s a whole frog just floating around in the water,” Sheats said.
Sheats said they dumped the glass of water out onto the table to be sure of what they saw.
“Sure enough, there’s the frog,” she said.
Her husband had already taken a few sips of the water.
Sheats says the staff was as baffled as she and her husband were, and the manager apologized.
Sheats said, “It’s a whole frog in a water drink and you’re at a restaurant. You have hairs in your food sometimes or maybe a little piece of plastic from packaging. But, this is an amphibian and that’s not something that…you definitely lose your appetite immediately.”
Sheats wound up complaining to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and they inspected the location and issued multiple warnings. Here’s more on that from Ashley White of the Democrat:
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.
This doesn’t sound like a good experience for Sheats, as no one wants a dead frog in their water. (Or a live one, for that matter.) Even the Dead Frog Brewery slogan of “Nothing goes down like a cold Dead Frog” works much better when it’s referencing beer rather than actual frogs. And, as with many things in 2017, Monty Python warned us. Here’s that comedic troupe’s 1969 warning about the dangers of dead frogs in consumable products:
“If we took the bones out, it wouldn’t be crunchy, would it?”