Waffle House Customer Shoots and Kills Waitress Over No-Smoking Policy

November 30, 2015

She was working the Thanksgiving shift.

Tragedy struck a Waffle House in Biloxi, Miss. over the Thanksgiving holiday. Early Friday morning, longtime waitress Julie Brightwell was shot in the head by a customer with a 9-millimeter handgun after she attempted to enforce the restaurant’s no smoking policy, according to the Sun-Herald. Brightwell was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Brightwell began her shift Thanksgiving night, and customers recalled her mood as friendly and cheerful. Witnesses say she was chatting with patrons just before the incident, asking about their holiday and whether they had discovered any good…