Golden Corral buffet chain responds to gross-out footage
By NBC News
A still frame from Brandon Huber's YouTube video.
The latest gross-out viral video on YouTube comes from a young man who identifies himself as a longtime employee of a Golden Corral franchise restaurant in Port Orange, FL, who says he's disgusted with his company's actions.
A video taken by the employee, Brandon Huber, shows raw burger patties on trays, gravy and a number of food items dumped out back – in a manner that the company says goes against protocol.
The two-minute video starts with him identifying himself and the restaurant's location and then takes a tour out back.
"Right now we're currently undergoing an inspection right now I'm walking around the building," he begins. "I just left the front door. I'm walking up to the Dumpster. Apparently what my company likes to do to get ready for inspections is put their food by the Dumpsters. So, I'm outside, here's the Dumpster area, I'm walking into it right now, and this is what my company likes to do with their food for inspection."
The camera reveals two rolling carts of food in cooking and serving trays. On the shorter cart is a tray overflowing with raw ribs.
"This hamburger meat, look at all these flies, this is disgusting, all this food, all these baby back ribs," he says, identifying himself as a longtime employee. "Let me get a little closer and show you just how disgusting this is. All you can eat ribs by the Dumpster. All you can eat ribs by the Dumpster. Green bean casserole, all your patty melts, your pot roast meat, your chicken, your ham, your bacon, gravy."
The company did not dispute the authenticity of the video.
"A video was recently posted showing an incident of improper food handling at our Port Orange, Florida location. None of these items were served to a single customer. All were destroyed within the hour at the direction of management," Eric Holm, a Golden Corral franchisee at Metro Corral Partners, said in a statement.
"Brandon Huber, the employee who made the video, participated in the disposal of the food. The following day, the father of the employee, posted an offer to sell the video for $5,000, which was not accepted," the statement continued. "The manager involved in the improper storage was terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures."
Neither Huber nor the seller with the eBay video listing could be reached for comment for this story.
The North Carolina-based restaurant company bills itself as "America's #1 buffet and grill."