A Golden Corral dumpster video brought scandal to the restaurant chain this week when footage of food being stored outside next to a garbage receptacle went viral.
The video, taking by employee Brandon Huber, showed trays full of prepared food as well as raw meat being stored next to a dumpster outside a location in Port Orange, Florida. The video has accumulated more than two million views on YouTube and brought an immediate backlash against the company.
On the video Huber claimed that the food was being hidden during a health inspection.
“I’m an employee, I’ve been working here for a long time and I don’t think this is right,” Huber said. He adds, “Apparently what my company likes to do to get ready for inspections is to put their food by the dumpsters.”
But not long after the Golden Corral dumpster video went viral, company officials accused the employee being dishonest about what happened to the food.
On Monday, the company said the food was never served to customers and was actually thrown away. Eric Holm, owner of the Port Orange Golden Corral restaurant, posted on the Golden Corral Facebook page:
“Golden Corral Corporation and I take great pride in maintaining high standards of food quality, sanitation and guest experience. The Port Orange incident 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. I apologize that a member of my management team made this bad decision.”
Holm added that Huber notified a corporate manager of the food, which was promptly thrown away. Holm said the manager was fired and Huber actually helped to throw the food away, and knew this when the YouTube video was posted.
“I am personally disappointed that Mr. Huber chose to post the videos and make false statements after the situation was corrected,” Holm said.
The company also said Huber’s father tried to sell the Golden Corral dumpster video to the franchise for $5,000 before it was uploaded to YouTube.