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Golden Corral fires manager after employee video from Port Orange, Fla., goes viral

7:14 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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(CNBC) -- As the economy rebounds and more people are going out to eat, maybe it's not surprising there are more bad eggs out there. Although in the case of one Golden Corral restaurant in Florida, it wasn't the eggs, but rather the ribs.

And it was the burgers, and the gravy, and a number of other food items dumped out back in a way the company itself didn't approve of.

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, Fla., who says he's disgusted with his company's own actions.

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, 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 videographer states as the camera reveals carts full of food still in cooking and serving trays.

"This hamburger meat, look at all these flies, this is disgusting, all this food, all these baby back ribs. To me, this is disgusting, this is what my company likes to do to get ready for inspection. They like to put their food by the Dumpster. I'm an employee here. I've been working here for a long time and I don't feel that this is right. I mean look at it, what do you think? Daylight, out here, Dumpster. 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."

America's restaurant industry has been posting strong numbers in recent years and adding jobs. The restaurant industry added a net 12,371 locations in 2012, the strongest gain since 2007, according to National Restaurant Association figures released Monday.

-By CNBC's Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter,

Amy Langfield, CNBC Content Editor

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