Instinctively, something has always told us that any place offering unlimited shrimp and steak for around ten dollars must be too good to be true. Most unfortunately for national buffet chain Golden Corral, a disgruntled employee recently released a self-made video that proves — at least in one case — that such wariness might be warranted.
The video, made by Golden Corral cook Brandon Huber, exposes some gag-worthy food-storage methods employed by the Port Orange, Florida location. In an effort to avoid a poor health inspection rating, Huber says that employees were instructed to temporarily hide food outside the restaurant beside the dumpsters (oh, the irony).
Before releasing the video online, Huber reportedly attempted to address the issue with management, but his concerns allegedly fell upon deaf ears. After his story was passed over by local media outlets, Huber decided to try his case in the court of public opinion.
In response to the video, which has now been viewed on YouTube over 2 million times, Golden Corral posted the following in the comments section:
The company also claims that Huber’s father attempted to use the video to extort money from Golden Corral, allegedly trying to sell the recording to the company for $5,000 before it was released.
Even though Golden Corral remains firm that this was an isolated incident, that none of the food in the video was ever served to customers, and that the manager behind the debacle has been fired, the image of slabs of burgers stacked on top of a cement block beside a dumpster is a difficult one to shake, and not one any restaurant wants associated with its brand.