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Golden Corral Video Shows Food Stored Next To Dumpster To Avoid Health Inspection

A Golden Corral video from Florida shows a restaurant hiding trays of food — including raw meat — next to a dumpster to avoid being seen by a health inspector. The whistleblowing employee who recorded the video claims the food would later be served to customers.

The Golden Corral video shows uncovered trays of hamburger meat sitting on a ledge directly next to the dumpster, with the employee noting that they are covered in flies. A few feet away sits with more prepared food and behind it a container of uncooked baby back ribs sits uncovered.

“I’m an employee, I’ve been working here for a long time and I don’t think this is right,” the employee of the Port Orange restaurant says.

The video of Golden Corral hiding food by the dumpster has only a few hundred views at time of publication, but it is making the rounds online. It was quickly voted as the top of the link-sharing site Reddit, with commenters disgusted at the conditions seen.

The person who uploaded the video to YouTube, who does not appear to be the same employee seen taking the video, said a complaint was filed but so far no action had been taken.

“its been over a week now since this has been brought to corporate attention, I contacted the volusia county health dept….. they dont handle it…. they gave me a number and a persons name….. said to ask for them in person…… the operator didnt know who i was talkin about and didnt seem to care.”

This isn’t the first time a Golden Corral has gotten into trouble with its food. In December a restaurant in Wyoming was suspected of causing a food poisoning outbreak that sickened dozens of people. More than 150 cases of foodborne illness were reported near Casper, Wyoming, prompting a visit from health officials.

The outbreak was accompanied by reports of unsanitary conditions at the Golden Corral. One customer said he found a stack of 25 plates in the buffet line, all of them dirty and encrusted with remains of food. News of the food poisoning outbreak also prompted other diners to air their grievances on Yelp.

“The floors were so dirty,” one reviewer wrote, while another complained of “raw, undercooked meatloaf and chicken.”

David Giesen, president of franchisee Golden DBL Inc. of Denver, said the Wyoming incident caused Golden Corral to double down on its safety and sanitary procedures.

The person who uploaded the Golden Corral video to YouTube claimed he alerted the owner that food was being stored next to the dumpster to avoid health inspectors, but the owner was dismissive of the claims.

UPDATE: Golden Corral has released a statement concerning the video. Eric Holm of Metro Corral Partners states:

“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.  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 manager involved in the improper storage was terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures.”

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69 Responses to “Golden Corral Video Shows Food Stored Next To Dumpster To Avoid Health Inspection”

  1. Bill Vincent

    Nah…this sounds like BS….just an attempt to use social networking to smear GC. The statements in the video make no sense when combined with how health inspectors operate and food service actually works.

  2. Lynn Geiger Baker

    First of all that employee has not worked there "for a long time" because it hasn't been open a year yet. I personally do not like Golden coral but I think this was a set up. Probably food they were going to get rid of and some employee decided to get 5 minutes of fame. I can't believe a manager would do something like that.

  3. Trinity Firestar

    Strange thought… generally, food that is going to be thrown away goes into a garbage bag which is then taken to the dumpster. Unless, of course, this Golden Corral was going to throw away the pans, trays, carts, and food all together.

  4. Dennis Hoffmann

    You don't let meat which you want to throw away laying around open because it attracts flies. And we can see flies in the video. It may not be a problem for the meat itself if its really to be thrown away but the flies don't stay just there they keep flying all over for example in the kitchen where the fresh meat should be cooked.

  5. Derek Wright

    It is highly suspicious that uncooked food would wheel outside in kitchen trays and carts since this, "dumpster" is a, "Self Contained Compactor" that has a indoor chute to throw waste away (You can see it in the video). The food can't even be put in the Self Contained Compactor from the outside since it is enclosed on the top and the rear door has trash compacted against it. There is absolutely no legitimate reason for that food to be there.

  6. Derek Wright

    It is highly suspicious that uncooked food would wheel outside in kitchen trays and carts since this, "dumpster" is a, "Self Contained Compactor" that has an indoor chute to throw waste away (You can see it in the video). The food can't even be put in the Self Contained Compactor from the outside since it is enclosed on the top and the rear door has trash compacted against it. There is absolutely no legitimate reason for that food to be there.

  7. Sheno Thao

    Read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. Much of details in that novel still resembles much of today.

  8. Bruce Francois

    Lynn – It's natural to not like being fooled, but who's fooling you? More likely the restaurant is fooling you. K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple, silly. You've got food pans outside with food on them. Nobody in their right mind throws out food this way. That some people would not believe this is not a complete surprise. Studies have been done on the rejection of clear evidence, and a certain percentage of cynics and skeptics will actually side with the people they would normally oppose in a situation, simply based on how the evidence came before them and regardless of the quality of the evidence when it was presented. For example, if this article had been a light piece titled, "Local food inspector discovers quirky way that a restaurant owner disposes of food", you probably would have said, "What the heck? Can't the inspector see that the owner is NOT disposing of it, he still plans on using that meat!" But instead, since the video was presented as an expose, you distrusted the exposer. It's a curse of human nature. There are always those who are suspicious of people, those who are suspicious of those being suspicious, and even more who are suspicious of those being suspicious of those being suspicious! :-)

  9. Bruce Francois

    Bill, does your comment still stand, or do think others have presented a compelling case to modify your comment?

  10. Golden Corral

    In regard to the video that is currently being circulated by an employee of Golden Corral of an isolated incident of improper food handling at our Port Orange, Florida location please note:
    1. The food in the video was never served to a single customer.
    2. All of the food was thrown away immediately.
    3. The employee in the video participated in disposing of the food.
    4. The employee in the video – through his father – offered to sell the video.
    5. The manager at the restaurant was terminated.

  11. Dan O'Hare

    Damage control isn't really cutting it. You should be thanking that employee profusely and start a massive campaign for safer food handling industry-wide if you want us to take you seriously. Otherwise, you are just deflecting blame, in an obvious and lame way. Your food will never enter my belly. Please go bankrupt.

  12. Joseph W Smith Jr

    You are really beyond damage control at this point. Your BS lines that you are trying to feed the public are a disgrace! We don't believe Corporate America, yet alone our US Government in its current state. Why do you really think we should believe you? You honestly don't give us any other choice than to stand by this claim, and I believe it to be much more factual than your official response.

    You are disgusting in more ways than one. Please go seek life elsewhere! You are done, and you only have yourselves and your lazy management to thank for this.

  13. Golden Corral

    None of the food items were served to a single customer. All food items were destroyed within the hour at the direction of management.
    1. Brandon Huber, the employee who made this video, participated in the disposal of the food.
    2. The following day, the father of the employee, posted an offer to sell the video for $5,000, which was not accepted.
    3. The manager involved in the improper storage was terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures.

  14. Mike Wathadhappenedwuz Winschel

    Jack Bryant food gets prepared. at the end of the night it gets stored on racks for the next day. so prepped food does in fact get thrown away. the burden of proof isnt on golden corral though you sheep seem to think it is. ive not seen one food item used. NOT ONE neither have you. not a follow up vid or pics or anything. why? because they dont exist because it didnt get used, just my 2 cents. also, because the employee put up golden corrals food on an ebay auction to smear them more, he is now being looked at for the stolen stuff he sold on ebay. dumbass. but yeah, put all your faith in him lol….none of us have seen proof of anything, just your own speculation tuned to fact by your own desires.

  15. Dan O'Hare

    The employees father has nothing to do with this. Clearly you are trying to distract us. The worst thing is that you seem to have no plans to increase food handling standards and are just trying to wash your hands of the whole thing. Guess what? You are Golden Corral, and you are ultimately responsible. It's bad enough the people don't have the right to see where our food comes from at the start, but you insult our intellience and health by being disgusting and deceptive at the end of the food service process.

  16. Golden Corral

    Derek Wright The manager involved in the improper storage was terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures.

  17. Scott Smith

    Hey GC, we don't believe you! How fucking disgraceful, I nor any of my family will EVER visit one or your shitty restaurants. The video is bad, the cover up is a complete mockery.

  18. Omar Guzman

    Bullshit, there's another video where he says they wheeled the food back in to serve the customers. Can't cover your ass with such a blatant lie.

  19. Sean Sinha

    You were going to serve the food, but didn't. Thanks for clearing that up. This isn't the first time this has happened at your craptastic establishment, either.

  20. Josh Harvey

    Oh Golden Corral, you so silly.

    So, regardless of the intentions of the person who filmed the video, or what was or wasn’t done with the meet afterwards, it still shows a situation that probably shouldn’t have been. It’s questionable, what is shown in the video, even without the added commentary. Ahh, but than your response to the public outcry? You’d think you’d get angry and want to demand answers too, that you’d find every part of this situation just as unacceptable (more on this later). Instead though you try to play it off as if it is nothing? And this is going to help? People are outraged and your downplaying of the situation isn’t anything that’ll help. Anyone on here could back that up.

    You’ve only furthered yourself from your customers and potential customers with your responses. It’d almost be better if you hadn’t said anything at all.

    The problem with just trying to play it off as nothing so serious, is that you’re more or less shrugging your shoulders at a situation where you could have tainted any number of people with bad food. It shows your lack of caring about the quality of food you serve, the conditions under which it’s handled and prepared. It’s a beacon to the mediocrity with which you conduct yourself. If you actually cared about your customers you’d get just as angry, you’d be there alongside them screaming just as loud. You’d be taking a hard stance to make sure things were improved. You aren’t doing any of those things though. You’ve only shown that you’re indifferent, that you can barely be bothered to put the effort forth to answer the public outcry. If you handle your restaurants as well as you do your public relations, then I’d never want to step foot inside one of your establishments. You’re only trying to cover the problem up. What effort will you bother to put forth to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again?

    Personally, if I ran a chain of restaurants and found out this was going on, I’d not be hiding, I’d be out there making sure the public knows this isn’t how I conduct business, that I think my customers deserve better than this. Maybe I’m just weird though because I have morals and feel a duty to serve my customers in a respectful manner.

  21. Scruffy Doo

    We understand that, but what you fail to understand is that your companies food handling procedures have been horrible for years. This isn't an isolated incident, a quick google search will show you how often things like this happen with your stores. Personally, I don't eat at GC and haven't since I was about 15, when my family and I found that the ice cream machine wasn't cleaned properly and was littered with bleach, of all things. FYI this was at GC in Mesquite Texas, off Gus Thomasson by Town East Mall.

  22. Scruffy Doo

    Golden Corral We understand that, but what you fail to understand is that your companies food handling procedures have been horrible for years. This isn't an isolated incident, a quick google search will show you how often things like this happen with your stores. Personally, I don't eat at GC and haven't since I was about 15, when my family and I found that the ice cream machine wasn't cleaned properly and was littered with bleach, of all things. FYI this was at GC in Mesquite Texas, off Gus Thomasson by Town East Mall.

  23. Anonymous

    Dear anyone considering eating at Golden Corral: Before you do decide to dine there, compare the amount of people who have died from eating Golden Corral food vs. the amount of people who have died eating food at any of your other options. Basically, you won't be eating at Golden Corral if customer deaths are the measuring stick. Bottom line, USE YOUR HEAD PEOPLE.. eating there could kill you.

  24. Claire Keselowski

    "Improper storage"

    Bunch of liars. It was a game of hide the crap food until the inspectors leave. Manager got fired for trying to run those #'s for the company.

  25. Derek Roche

    Who cares if the father of the employee tried to sell the video? How is this relevant, specially if in the same press release you mentioned that you fired the manager of the establishment? Said employee should be getting a promotion.

  26. Derek Roche

    congratulations on sticking up for Golden Coral. You must be proud of yourself

  27. Trudie Skiller

    even if they were planning on throwing the food away, they wouldn't have thrown the pans away…I'm not buying it. Also, he probably meant he worked for the company a long tim, not that store in particular.

  28. Trudie Skiller

    even if they were planning on throwing the food away, they wouldn't have thrown the pans away…I'm not buying it. Also, he probably meant he worked for the company a long tim, not that store in particular.

  29. Christine Ferrell

    We went to the Golden Corral in Rapid City South Dakota and it was gross. It was the most disgusting filthy place I have been to in my whole life! The floors were sticky, dirty plates, dirty forks, sticky tables. All bad. I couldn't eat. I can't even describe it with words to make people understand how bad it was. It was shocking.

  30. Katie Sherry

    Who cares that you never served the food to anyone. People pay $12.00 each to eat at your place… we trusted you! :(

  31. Katie Sherry

    We trusted you, it doesn't matter who you fire… talk to Paula Deen about the Road to Hell being paved with good intentions. You screwed up… just say so and move on.

  32. Katie Sherry

    Exactly!! And it's not stored on aluminum or stainless trays if it's trash!

  33. John Kleine

    Hotel pans cost more than food. Were they throwing them away? Who's to say the employee didn't put food out there on purpose, to revenge his boss. You don't just call a food inspector and they come out. Too many restaurants, not enough inspectors. Inspectors check trash dumps.

  34. Sara Sterling

    All you trying to do is say all that stuff to cover your ass so stop lying