Stories of restaurant employees doing disgusting things to food in the back room and posting photos or videos online have been popping up all over the place
lately, but buffet chain Golden Corral is the source of what may just be the year’s first food-service employee whistleblower story.
In a video posted to YouTube
last week, Brandon Huber, an employee at a Golden Corral in Port Orange, Fla., indignantly showed hamburger meat, baby back ribs, and a rack of other food being stored outside, next to a dumpster. The video hit Reddit
Monday, and eventually it was showing up on The Huffington Post
and other news sites
As of Tuesday morning, the video had nearly 2.2 million views. One tweet from the account @UberFacts
, which had the video embedded, has gotten nearly 600 retweets.
Golden Corral responded with a tweet of its own Monday:
Most replies to that tweet were less than forgiving, with several people saying they would never eat at Golden Corral again.
On Facebook, Golden Corral posted a statement
from the owner of the Port Orange location, Eric Holm, who said storing the food by the dumpster was “a result of the associate manager making a bad decision to improperly store food when the corporate inspector made a routine, unannounced visit to the restaurant.”
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Holm also was not pleased that Huber posted the video:
“Brandon Huber actually assisted in the disposal of the food items the day before he posted the videos. I am personally disappointed that Mr. Huber chose to post the videos and make false statements after the situation was corrected.”
Again, commenters were not happy with the response. One commenter wrote, “Figures you would put the blame on Brandon; take responsibility you gutless wonder.”