Cracker Barrel Diners Leaving Behind Framed Photos, TikTok Videos Show

We dove headfirst into the land of Cracker Barrel TikTok.

Published May 7, 2021

Customers dining inside Cracker Barrel Country Store restaurant. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Customers dining inside Cracker Barrel Country Store restaurant. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

A new TikTok trend might be in the early stages after several Cracker Barrel diners posted videos that showed them leaving behind framed photos.

The gag involved customers sneaking framed pictures of themselves into the restaurant and placing them around other old-timey items. Some of the personal photographs were altered to black and white to better match the decor.

Cracker Barrel, which is formally known as Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, is a U.S.-based restaurant chain. Its menu is described as serving "honest-to-goodness homestyle meals and southern food prepared from scratch."

The most-viewed video that showed diners leaving behind a picture was from TikTok user @genevievew07. It was posted on April 9, 2021:

A follow-up video the next day confirmed that the photo was still there.

On the day after that, another video showed that a Cracker Barrel employee found the framed picture and said they "might take it home." The customer who left behind the picture replied: "Love it!"

On April 12, another diner posted a TikTok video of a framed photo going up at one of the restaurants.

On May 5, a TikTok user named @cowibrand put up another photo in a Cracker Barrel. They even dressed for the part in overalls and altered the picture to make it black and white.

This all might seem familiar to some readers who remembered seeing a 2018 video of a similar occurrence at a McDonald's. An idea to hang a large picture at the fast food restaurant was a bit of a prank, but it was also partially about diversity. It ended up earning the pair pictured in the photograph $50,000, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres and McDonald's.

#CrackerBarrel TikTok

The world of Cracker Barrel TikTok videos is filled with a wide variety of content, such as placing masks and googly eyes on old-timey photos.

Customers are leaving behind framed photos of themselves at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurants in what might become a new TikTok trend.
Look around the next time you sit down at Cracker Barrel.

Some of the videos warned about how decorations on the ceiling might make it a bad place to be during an earthquake. One clip was hashtagged with #AnotherFinalDestinationMovieInTheMaking. "Final Destination" referred to the horror film franchise. In the movies, groups of people aim to survive a series of strange accidents that take out their friends and family one by one.

On a lighter note, customers filled TikTok with collectible finds including Squishmallows, miniature air freshener record players, and Pokemon trading card games.

We also found plenty of TikTok videos that involved people of color superimposing themselves over photos of Cracker Barrel and pretending to walk inside:

The "you need to leave" TikTok sound effect is one of several that were used in these kinds of videos.

Miranda Joy Willmore and 'Happy Birthday'

One of the most prominent Cracker Barrel videos on TikTok had nothing to do with the framed photos gag. Instead, it was all about Miranda Joy Willmore, who was recorded singing "Happy Birthday" to a customer:

Willmore thanked viewers for all the kind words on her own TikTok channel.

In sum, it's unclear if the joke of bringing framed photos into Cracker Barrel was widespread before TikTok came along. However, the idea of leaving pictures behind might be a growing trend on the platform.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.