And to think, all they wanted was pancakes.
On Saturday night, a massive hole in Meridian, Mississippi opened up and swallowed a total of 12 automobiles in an IHOP parking lot.
While the eruption of the 35 feet wide and 400 feet long hole sounds like pretty standard practice for a sinkhole, Meridian Public Safety Director Buck Roberts told the Meridian Star that the collapse was actually not a sinkhole but something else, as sinkholes are caused when an underground water aquifer dries up, leaving a void that results in a failure of the soil above, the Star reported.
“You can call it what you want, a cave-in or whatever, but it is not a sinkhole,” Roberts said.
Meridian officials are working to determine the cause of the parking lot calamity, and it’s unclear whether the IHOP patrons whose cars were devoured while at the restaurant still had to pay for their meals.