IHOP Hostess Goes Viral on TikTok After Encounter With Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler arrives at the international premiere of “Uncut Gems” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Manhasset IHOP hostess Dayanna Rodas gained unexpected fame after unknowingly telling actor Adam Sandler there would be a 30-minute wait for pancakes.

In the now-viral TikTok, Rodas shows a brief video of surveillance footage in which she is seen holding an iPad and talking to Sandler and his daughter right before he gestures to leave the restaurant. “Not realizing it’s Adam Sandler and telling him it’s a 30 min wait and him [of course] leaving [because] he’s not going to wait 30 mins for IHOP,” Rodas wrote in her video.

Some of the actor’s notable roles include “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer,” and “50 First Dates.”

The TikTok racked up 10.3 million views in the past four days and currently has 2.2 million likes. Several commenters on the video said that they would have been able to recognize Sandler just based on his outfit.

“How’d you not realize it was him with those shorts … it’s his signature look,” one comment reads.

Rodas posted another TikTok a couple of days later noting in her caption that she, “Didn’t think it would blow up,” as she displayed an image of an article written by the Daily Dot.

A day later, she addressed comments questioning how she failed to recognize the actor. Rodas explained that Sandler’s beard and mask threw her off. But even with the explanation, commenters were curious as to how she also didn’t recognize his voice.

“He had a big beard and I’ve never seen Adam Sandler with a beard,” she says in her video. “And the mask didn’t help.”

The story has been picked up by several major online news outlets, such as Entertainment Weekly, NBC News, Fox 5 New York, New York Post, and HuffPost.

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