Okay, so it’s bad enough to not tip a waitress, who is probably making around two bucks and is just trying to make a living wage. But, as we all know, references to “build that wall” are usually aimed at immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Rachel Mau is neither an immigrant nor from Mexico or Central America. She’s actually of Filipino descent. Mau told KTLA 5, “I think it’s really sad that people are acting negatively towards, you know, people of different race all because of politics.”
Another customer from the same table wrote in “Nah” for their tip.
Mau tends to support a golden rule approach to her customers, treating them with the same dignity and respect she expects. While one table of rude customers hasn’t hurt her customer service skills, it has served as a sobering reminder of how easy it is to ruin someone’s day with a few thoughtless words. “I feel sorry for people who do experience this,” Mau told WTKR3. I now know how they feel, and that’s why I want to spread the word on why you shouldn’t treat people like that.”
Police released horrifying surveillance footage of two elderly women at an IHOP in Phoenix being brutally attacked by a man with a coffee pot. The suspect, Joe Ernest Meza, 47, is a veteran with mental illness and a criminal record, left to live on the streets. Meza was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with the intent to cause injury, and a count of theft and of disorderly conduct each.
The footage is a harrowing has spawned conversations about the need to better assist veterans with mental illnesses when they return from combat.
The surveillance footage shows two women eating at an IHOP, when a man in a red shirt and sunglasses starts beating one woman’s skull with a coffee pot.
On Sept. 29, a family with an infant and young child, and two women went to the IHOP on 51st Avenue and McDowell in Phoenix, Arizona, expecting a regular day. Prior to Meza entering the scene, it appears as if everyone is having a normal conversation on a Tuesday. Suddenly, Meza grabs the coffee pot from the table pictured above and starts violently beating two elderly women with the pot.
As the woman tries to defend herself, her friend flees for cover.
The woman tries to cover her head, but he continues to beat her four times over the head. He stops only after she starts kicking him to create distance. CCTV footage shows her friend fleeing to the kitchen where she stands behind a cook until the ordeal is over.
Gripping her head, the victim tries to flee, but Meza continues to target her.
Meza appears to back away after she attempts to defend herself, but as she gets up to flee, he starts approaching her again. The restaurant is not empty and onlookers watched in shock as the attack occurred.
As the woman tries to flee, Meza picks up another coffee pot as a weapon.
Gripping her head, she starts to walk around the back of the booth and down another aisle. Meza remains focused on her, and picks up another coffee pot, intimidating her as she runs out the store. Meza remains just a few steps behind. CCTV footage shows other families fleeing out the back exit as he moves to the other side of the store.
Later, we see the victim with an apparent head wound, blood streaming down her face.
It seems as if she’s returned to gather her personal items, and Meza is nowhere in sight. While she’s bending down, reaching for her wallet under the booth, she seems to see Meza reappear and mouths, “Oh, sh**.” Meza appears in the bottom right-hand corner and flings a podium at her. The heavy metal stand narrowly misses her, and when she gets back up, she begins fighting back.
The two begin throwing dishes and other items at each other across two rows of booths.
She immediately tosses a plate at Meza, as he scurries to take cover behind the barrier between the rows of booths. The woman slips a little as she takes cover while continuing to fling plates in his direction.
The victim pauses at one point to wipe the blood from her head.
She appears to be pausing to take a breath and picks up a napkin to wipe the blood from her head. Meza picks up another coffee pot and swings it at her. It ricochets off the wall behind her and the shock of it sends the elderly woman into a fall. She stands back up and throws one final object before fleeing out the back door, purse in hand.
Meza immediately goes to her booth and finds the personal item she was looking for and pockets it.
Meza sweeps the store, sifting through purses and stealing personal items from the terrified customers who fled before being physically attacked, including a family with an infant in a carriage. The mother picked up the baby and fled without her stroller.
Then, he sets a fire in the kitchen.
Meza erratically paces the kitchen corridor, burning himself in the process. He turns the flame up on one of the burners and tosses a piece of fabric onto the flame, starting a fire. Police found him fleeing from the IHOP and arrested him in the parking lot. He remains at the Maricopa County Jail.
There’s a new Addams Family film dropping October 11. The Addams Family, an animated remake of America’s spookiest, macabre family, stars Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia Addams, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley Addams, Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday Addams, Snoop Dogg as Cousin Itt, and Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester.
Christina Aguilera is even said to be dropping the film’s theme song next month, but until then we will be gorging on Wednesday’s Web-Cakes. IHOP has dropped a new Addams Family-inspired menu that looks both tasty and Instagrammable.
“Much like the new film, IHOP is putting a dreadfully delicious twist on classic menu items by adding ‘webs’ of HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup and white icing, violet whipped topping and more to sweet and savory favorites. The pairing of these two brands – both iconic and multigenerational – creates the perfect way for families to celebrate Halloween, one of the biggest American holidays of the year,” the restaurant stated in a press release.
The Addams Family
Cartoonist Charles Addams came up with the series for the New Yorker in 1938, which started as a one-panel comic about a satirically morose American family. One thing that sets them apart from other dark characters of the time is that the family is creepy but not evil, they’re sardonic but not hateful, they are generally misanthropic but they love each other.
This is why we continue to fall in love with the family over 80 years later. The panel would inspire the 1960s television show, then, of course, the iconic movie 90s series starring Raul Julia and Christina Ricci. Now, we’ve got a new version for a new generation of kids who need a bit of that Addams Family irony in their lives.
Named after Wednesday Addams, the Web-Cakes feature IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes with cupcake icing, a web of chocolate drawn in Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and a violet whipped topping. If you don’t like sweets, you might want to stay away from this one. If you’ve got kids or just enjoy the portion control, you can grab the Web-Cakes as part of the Kooky Kids’ Combo, which has one Web-Cake, a scrambled egg, and one strip of bacon or sausage.
“We wanted to take our most quintessential menu items, such as our Buttermilk pancakes, omelettes and milkshakes, and put a signature Addams Family twist on them. The menu items are so good it’s scary,” Alissa Gmelich, Vice President, Marketing at IHOP said in a press release. “Our culinary team had a lot of fun playing around with distinctive flavors and eye-catching colors to create a menu that will be delightfully spooky and delicious for families of all ages, including grown-up kids, all month long.”
Uncle Fester’s Chocolate Ice Cream Shake
IHOP has updated its “haunted” house-made milkshake, made with Hershey’s chocolate ice cream, by adding the spooky violet whipped cream topping. I feel like this is what Veronica from Riverdale should be actually sipping at Pop’s Diner.
Morticia’s Haunted Hot Chocolate
The new toasted marshmallow hot chocolate is also topped with the violet whipped cream. Who knows how this is going to taste, but at the very least you will have a lovely Instagram photo. That violet is vibrant. It may not be cold enough to start sipping hot chocolate (thanks, global warming!) but sometimes you still need those chill, fall vibes.
Gomez Green Chili Omelette
The omelette has marinated pulled pork, jack and cheddar cheeses, fire-roasted peppers and onions, and green chile verde sauce topped with sour cream. While I don’t think the omelette is very spooky, it is nice they’re clearly paying some kind of homage to Gomez’s Latinx roots.
Kids are welcome
Every now and then, IHOP let’s children under 12 years old eat for free, which is actually pretty cool. Kids will be able to enjoy the Kooky Kids Combo on the house from 4-10 PM from now until November 3rd. (Adults must purchase one entree to qualify.)
“To celebrate the Halloween season, we welcome The Addams Family into our house,” said Gmelich. “The quirkiness of The Addams Family matches our own playfulness as a brand, so a partnership with MGM’s Addams Family movie felt like a great fit. Now, guests can pair an afternoon at the movies with our Addams Family-inspired menu – and a great Kids Eat Free offer – that is as kooky as it is delicious.”
Get into the Halloween spirit with these spooky treats. At the end of the day, the only question you need to ask yourself is: do pancakes taste better or worse with chocolate and whipped cream? I think you know what your heart is saying.