Buffets might be one of the greatest culinary innovations ever. Why wouldn't you want to eat at one? Good food aficionados pay one affordable price and eat as much food as their stomachs can manage. Usually, there isn't even a time limit to curtail the stuffing of one's face.
Unlike fast food joints that offer questionable combo items, or restaurants that allow awful food requests, it's rare that anything will go wrong at a buffet. That said, when bad things do happen at that local all-you-can-eat joint, the situations escalate very quickly.
In fact, the employees of certain buffet establishments have horrible stories that might make you totally reconsider eating at buffets ever again. One waiter saw a customer scoop an egg roll from the floor with her toes. The lady then ate that egg roll, and the waiter was left speechless. Stories like these are frighteningly common at some buffets, and restaurant employees on Reddit are valiantly warning the average buffet lover. If you love CiCi's pizza or Golden Corral, you'll probably want to find a new fine dining establishment.
From Redditor /u/morningchuu:
"Saw someone walk into the woman's bathroom stall with a giant plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
Saves you a trip to the toilet I guess, but..."
From Redditor /u/flyonthewall21:
"As a former Sizzler employee, I would say kids are horrible haha. Every time a kid would stick their grubby hands in the food we would have to throw the whole lot out. The amount of wastage was ridiculous, especially on the dessert bar when they are just grabbing lollies out with their hands.
The grossest thing that happened would probably be an old man that threw up over the salad bar. He tried to turn his head at the last moment to avoid the food but still managed to get it everywhere. He actually threw up so hard that his false teeth fell out and smashed on the ground. So we had vomit and broken dentures to clean up."
From Redditor /u/Renzellable:
"Golden corral employee here...
Once this... lady started sh*tting her pants on the way to the bathroom, the sh*t kept falling through her shorts on the floor... in front of the bars and everything and everyone... after going to the bathroom she proceeded to go back to her table and keep on eating. True story."
From Redditor /u/TheNerevar89:
"My first job was at a Cici's Pizza and every Sunday without fail, a... man would walk in the second we opened, cozy up in a booth with a laptop, and eat about two pizzas worth of slices every hour until we closed, stopping only to destroy our restroom a couple of times during his stay. He honestly made me feel sick with how much he could put down."