FOX News personality Tucker Carlson and his wife Janice were caught by the paparazzi earlier this week slipping out of an Alexandria, Virginia Applebee’s after allegedly taking advantage of a 25¢ boneless buffalo wing promotion. The two were accused of sitting at a booth meant for at least six people and then ordering 174 wings over the course of 35 minutes. Even more surprising than two people eating that many wings in such a short amount of time is that the esteemed journalist has an estimated net worth of $15 million and can certainly afford to pay more than a 25¢ per buffalo wing.
Says Applebee’s manager, Lauren Hamgrin, “I have never seen anything like that. The two of them were practically inhaling the wings and our kitchen couldn’t keep up with the demand. I had no choice but to ask them to leave. It simply wasn’t fair to our other guests who also wanted some boneless wings for a ridiculously low cost.”
Carlson’s server, Todd Watters, also had a difficult time with the hungry couple.
“I busted my ass for them, man,” says Watters. “I was so in the weeds from running their wings and filling up their waters with lemons that I didn’t have time to focus on my other tables at all. I accidentally gave them some wings with bones and they totally ate them anyway, bones and all. That’s when I asked my manager for help.”
It was at this point that the decision was made to give them their check and ask them to leave. Upon receiving their bill for a total of $46.11, Carlson took out a fifty-dollar bill and told his server to keep the change.
“That fifty was sweaty, like he had it stored in his ass or something,” Watters was heard saying.
This is not the first time the noted newscaster and avid Muppet fan has had an issue at a local eatery. Two years ago, Carlson got into a verbal altercation with a cashier at a Chick-fil-A when he had ordered seven pickle slices for his sandwich and only received six. At the time, Carlson blamed the vocal outburst on low blood sugar levels. No charges were filed, but he was permanently banned from all Chick-fil-A’s in the Washington DC metro area.
Carlson released a statement through his publicist explaining his side of the story:
“It was certainly not my intention to upset Applebee’s in any way. I simply wanted to enjoy their crunchy and delicious chicken wings. My wife Janice especially loves them since they are boneless and she was born without the ability to grow teeth. While Janice does in fact have teeth, suffice it to say that none of them are in her mouth. The service was wonderful and I was happy to leave an 8% tip to Todd which is a full 3% more than I normally leave a server.”
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