A Golden Corral video showing food stored next to a dumpster has led to the dismissal of a restaurant manager and a health investigation for a location in Port Orange, Florida.
A video posted to YouTube in June went viral in the past day, showing trays of raw meat and prepared food being stored next to a dumpster. The person taking the video says that the food — which includes hamburger meat, baby back ribs, and gravy — will be served to customers at the popular buffet style restaurant.
Brandon Huber, the employee taking the video, said his Golden Corral location often stores food next to the dumpster during health inspections.
“My management is going to wheel it back into the coolers after the inspection, like nothing ever happened,” Huber said.
The video was posted to link-sharing site Reddit overnight, and by morning it was one of the most popular posts. By early morning, Golden Corral was ready to respond.
Restaurant officials contradicted Huber’s account in the Golden Corral dumpster video, saying all the food was thrown out and that Huber helped to dispose of it.
“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,’ said Eric Holm of Metro Corral Partners. ‘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.”
But that wasn’t all, Holm said. The manager who oversaw the improper food storage was fired, he said.
Holm accused Huber’s father of trying to sell footage to the company for $5,000. Both Huber and his father denied a request from CFNews 13 for an interview.
There could still be more to come, however. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation said it is looking into the Golden Corral dumpster video.