Recently, Reddit user u/Tristanmemes123 asked other users, “All-you-can-eat-buffet workers, what are your horror stories?”
Both employees and customers starting sharing the appalling things they witnessed, and now I don’t think I’ll ever go to a buffet again. Here are the best responses:
1.This kid who licked the serving spoon from the mac ‘n’ cheese.
“I was once at a buffet waiting patiently to get some mac ‘n’ cheese. The kid in front of me piled his plate high and then started tapping the serving spoon onto his plate to get all the cheese on it. Once he did, he licked the spoon clean and put it back.”
7.This busboy who had to dumpster dive for a customer’s retainer.
“I cleaned out this table after a family left. About 15 minutes later, they came back and the mom started yelling at me because her daughter’s retainers were in the napkins that I threw away. I literally had to dig through a huge trash can full of a sludge of food and drinks for 15 minutes. But fortunately, I found them.”
8.This customer who drank the leftover grease from a plate.
“I tried to pick up a dirty plate off a table that had a big pool of hibachi sauce and grease on it. The customer stopped me and said, ‘Thats the best part.’ Then they proceeded to drink the sauce like it was the leftover milk from a bowl of cereal.”
9.This customer who dipped their pizza into the public container of wonton soup.
“A college friend of mine worked at a Chinese buffet. He said they caught a regular dipping his pizza in the wonton soup bowl in the queue and eating it.
16.This kid who was massaging the jello.
“I went to a buffet and the kid in front of me had his hands in the yellow jello and massaged it. Then his mom came by and snatched him away but didn’t say anything while a guy came and made himself a bowl of jello. 10-year-old me was too appalled to say anything.”
17.This person who ate a chicken wing and then put the bone back in the serving tray.
“My mom and I went with her friend to a local Chinese food buffet to pick up food. When we got there I noticed my mom’s friend doing something fucking disgusting. He was eating a chicken wing right in front of the buffet line while hiding his face behind his takeout container. Then he took the chicken bone and put it back in the buffet tray. My mom was like, ‘What the fuck are you doing!?’ and he said, ‘Don’t worry, I do this all the time! They never notice!'”
18.This guy who spat soup back into the ladle.
“My wife and I went out for a lunch date. I saw a man over by the soups take the serving ladle for one of the weekly specials and take a big slurp from it. Apparently he didn’t like it and spat it back out into the ladle, and put the ladle back in the soup.”
19.This cook who was cutting veggies while shitting.
“We had a Chinese buffet shut down for a health code violation. The violation was that an employee was cutting veggies while taking a shit. To this day I wonder if that means he brought a bucket into the kitchen or veggies into the bathroom. I honestly don’t know which is worse.”
20.This guy who was grabbing food with his bare hands.
“This guy was waiting for a fresh batch of Mongolian beef while hanging out in front of the fried food. While waiting, he would grab the spring rolls with his bare hands and eat them as he waited.”
21.These friends who got food poisoning from a buffet.
“A friend and I got a nasty case of food poisoning from an all-you-can-eat-buffet. She ended up in ICU and I spent five days expelling everything I had eaten over the course of my lifetime. It was an awful experience.”
Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.
Do you have any buffet horror stories? Let us know in the comments!
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