Ever wander into a buffet and wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Or what happens on a busy Saturday night when the regulars are in full force? Wonder no more - below, we've compiled a list of the best (or worst) all-you-can-eat buffet horror stories. These gross food stories will have you alternately laughing and gagging at humanity's potential for gluttony. But beware: after reading these gross buffet stories, it might be a while before you can muster the courage to return to your favorite all-you-can-eat establishment.
- 1236 VOTES
Shell Your ShrimpPhoto: Buena Vista Pictures
"My dad went with one of his weightlifting buddies to an all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet. The guy starts taking down shrimp at an incredible pace, without even bothering to deshell them.
"After consuming a couple pounds of the shrimp, he looks stricken and excuses himself. Dad follows him outside to see him leaning against a lamppost, dry heaving. The man eventually regurgitates what Dad could only describe as a 'shrimp log' - he basically puked up a compressed wad of shrimp shells, the way an owl pukes up a pellet of bones and fur after it eats a rat.
"When he was done, he wiped his mouth, lumbered back into the restaurant, and kept eating."
- 2232 VOTES
How to Tell the Bread Is FreshPhoto: 20th Television
"I was about five at the time and my uncle took me to Hometown Buffet. He told me there was a trick to tell if the rolls were fresh or not. His trick was to pick up a roll, lick it, and then if it wasn't fresh enough, he put it back."
- 3244 VOTES
A New Dipping Sauce ApplicatorPhoto: NBC
"I once saw a really fat dude at a Chinese Buffet smear ranch dressing from his wrist to elbow, then as he ate, he brushed the food along the dressing before putting into his mouth."
- 4270 VOTES
Heart Attack or Flatulence?Photo: New Line Cinema
"Once witnessed a man eat four plates of food piled high (I'm talking Southern food, so it was all fried foods), claim he was having a heart attack and clutch his chest, then let out the biggest, most foul-smelling fart I have ever experienced.
"After he laughed about it, he continued to go back and eat two more plates of entrees, and a plate of desserts."