Employee Claims Famous Buffet Chain Serves Dumpster Food

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKXrL5syc_s&feature=youtu.beSo your place of employment is a nasty stew of filth. You complain to management, and nothing. You contact the county health department, and nothing. So what do you do? Go on a social media rampage of vengeance, of course!

Early Monday morning, Reddit erupted with a video of an alleged cook at Golden Corral in Port Orange, Fl. exposing the restaurant hiding its food behind the dumpsters during a corporate inspection. The employee, Brandon Huber, takes the video camera behind the trash cans to show piles of raw baby-back ribs, and trays upon trays of hamburger meat, pot roasts, and green bean casserole. In a follow-up video, he explains that after the inspection, management will roll the food back to the coolers, and serve it up to unsuspecting customers.

"I will show this to whoever I can to prevent any foodborne illnesses from spreading, or anybody catching diseases or getting really sick and possibly being able to die because this is how we store our food," he tells the camera. "Are you kidding me? By the dumpster? Oh my god."

A server who answered the phone at the Golden Corral quickly transferred AOL Jobs's call Monday morning, but the following rings went unanswered. The restaurant chain did respond on Reddit and its Facebook page, however, stating that it was "an isolated incident of improper food handling," and that the food was thrown away immediately and the manager fired. The restaurant also stated that the employee offered to sell the video, suggesting that the employee's intentions weren't entirely noble.

Update, 5.17 p.m. EDT: A PR woman for Golden Corral added over email that Huber reported the food incident to district management while the inspection was still ongoing, and the food was promptly disposed of, and never served to any customers.

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The video's poster (whose identity is unclear) claimed on YouTube that he brought the issues to the attention of the all-you-can-eat buffet-ery several times before uploading the footage, and also reached out to county health department, to no avail. The poster also put the raw uncooked steak, ribs, and patties for sale on eBay, offering to sell the name of the "FAMOUS FOOD CHAIN" for $5,000, and claimed the Port Orange Police Department responded with accusations of black mail.

The North Carolina-based chain has skirted the edge of health codes before. In 2008, a customer's photo inside a California Golden Corral kitchen, showing towers of food-caked plates, an overflowing trash can, and chicken bones scattered on the floor, prompted a visit from the public health department. The chain explained that the dishwasher was broken that day. And earlier this year, over 200 customers, who claimed to suffer food poisoning after eating at a Golden Corral in Wyoming, filed a class action suit.

A rogue investigator on Reddit also uncovered that this Wyoming Golden Corral appeared to be filtering out all its negative reviews on Yelp. "I have written this review before and now it appears to be gone?" wrote one customer. "Poor food and trying to manipulate customers, I recommend taking your business elsewhere."

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July 10 2013 at 11:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gross conditions at ONE location, most likely not a corporate practice, thus this clown in his run to fame will cost the well run restaurants business.

July 10 2013 at 10:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Well, so much for my fine dining experiences at GC! Think I'll take my appetite to my own kitchen in the future. At least then I'll know where the dog hairs I find in my food came from.

July 10 2013 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thats why I avoid eating out most of the time.Most cooks these days have poor hygiene,and some restaurants are filthy in the back.You never know what you're eating.

July 10 2013 at 8:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Good for Huber! He's done a great public service, and hopefully Golden Corral will clean up its act (literally!).

July 10 2013 at 3:50 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

i dont think ill eat at a golden corral again,they say its one store i really dont know,i dont want to take the chance

July 09 2013 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 09 2013 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

these places serve garbage--I do not know why people would ever eat in any of these buffet dumps.

July 09 2013 at 10:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

golemur.... So you think that trying to sell a video for $5000 dollars is the right thing to do?

July 09 2013 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Robert, do you mean people that are more that 150lbs over weight or people that weigh more than 150lbs?

July 09 2013 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kelly's comment

kelly, I think ROBERT means, People whom are more than 150lbs over weight. It does appear that his comment is missing a few words, therefore it is hard to understand.

July 10 2013 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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