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Golden Corral disputes social media charges of uncleanliness

The food shown in Brandon Huber's video was shoved at the back of the dumpster area. (Source: YouTube user Ben Jammin) The food shown in Brandon Huber's video was shoved at the back of the dumpster area. (Source: YouTube user Ben Jammin)

(RNN) - Two people have used social media to make allegations of improper food handling practices at the nationwide buffet restaurant chain, Golden Corral. 

The restaurant's corporate office has vehemently denied the claims, though it acknowledged that the manager of a Florida restaurant in question was fired.

YouTube user Ben Jammin, or Brandon Huber, uploaded a video that shows cooked food and raw meat, including baby back ribs and hamburger patties, sitting by what appeared to be a trash bin in the Florida sun.

Huber alleges the Port Orange, FL, restaurant's management wheeled the food out to the garbage area while the restaurant was undergoing a health inspection. He then claimed management later wheeled the food, even a large tray of gravy, back into the fridge after inspections ended.

"I'm an employee here, have been working here for a long time, and I don't feel that this is right," Huber said in the video posted July 1.

Golden Corral's corporate office refuted Huber's claims in a statement Monday. A representative said not only was the food disposed of and never served to customers, Huber helped throw it out.

"A video was recently posted showing an incident of improper food handling at our Port Orange, FL 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."

Golden Corral stated Huber's father tried to sell the video to the company for $5,000 the day after the food was thrown out.

The company confirmed that the manager of the restaurant involved was "terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures."

Another person used Reddit to post a gallery of images they claimed were from a Golden Corral's kitchen, stacked full of dirty dishes.

It appears, however, that the photos are unrelated to Huber's video and the anonymous poster did not specify a location.

 "To our knowledge, these photos are not related to a video that is circulating on the internet showing an incident of improper food handling at our Port Orange, FL location," Golden Corral said in a statement.

Huber's video comes after another viral picture snapped with a cell phone in March by Jeremy McCay at a Golden Corral in Bakersfield, CA.

McCay told TV station KGET in Bakersfield that he snapped the photo after sorting through a stack of 15 plates before finding a clean one. He said he looked into the buffet's dishwashing area afterward, and saw dirty plates stacked and food and trash littering the ground.

That Golden Corral location was cleared by the health department, with an 'A' rating. Golden Corral attributed the mess to a broken dishwasher.

Golden Corral isn't the only restaurant to be hit with allegations posted on social media websites.

In June, a photo of a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of taco shells went viral on Facebook. A week later, a picture of a Wendy's employee guzzling straight from a Frosty machine also went viral. In both instances, the employees no longer work for the companies.

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