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West College Waffle Shop Evacuated

People enjoying State College’s finest breakfast establishment got a little more than just the waffles they bargained for this afternoon. According to tweets from WJAC and restaurant goers, the restaurant was evacuated this afternoon and had been “pepper sprayed”:

According to West College Waffle Shop owner Lisa Dimakopoulos, “A customer set off what the police think was some pepper spray, which made everyone cough and very uncomfortable.” The building was promptly evacuated around 11:15 a.m. she said, and people were outside for two hours.

After the police, fire department, and code office came to check out the building, they deemed the restaurant safe to reopen. “They’re almost positive that it was pepper spray,” Dimakopoulos said. Sadly, hungry brunch goers were not able to return to their omelets, home fries, and pancakes. “People stayed and gave statements to the police,” Dimakopoulos said, because many think they saw who set off the pepper spray, but unfortunately they weren’t able to finish breakfast.

Dimakopoulos said they believe the pepper spray culprit was a male, and said police are continuing to investigate and definitely want to find him.

A Waffle Shop employee confirmed via phone that the restaurant had “just reopened” as of 1 p.m. this afternoon. “We are open for business now,” owner Dimakopoulos added. “This is the first time anything like this has ever happened here but we’re up and running and ready to see everyone tomorrow.”

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Melissa is a senior majoring in Women’s Studies, Political Science, and Spanish. In the little free time she has, Melissa likes to cook, spend all her money at The Phyrst, and add to her collection of blue and white striped clothing. She can be reached via Twitter (@mkmccleery) or email ([email protected]).

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