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Watch This Before You Ever Eat At Golden Corral Again

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  • Golden Corral is the very definition of a guilty pleasure, and sometimes, you just need
  • all the comfort food you can eat.
  • Whether you see it as a challenge or as something to never mention again once you walk out the
  • door, here's what you should know.
  • Even if you steer clear of Golden Corral's cheap starches and questionable pizza and
  • head straight for the meat, you're still probably not going to get any real high-quality stuff.
  • Okay, so it's a budget buffet, and we're not really expecting Wagyu beef here, but you
  • still might be surprised to find their proteins are often served up with a heaping helping
  • of fat.
  • In 2015, intrepid nutritionist Heather Blanchette, RD, LD ventured into Golden Corral's nutritional
  • data, and while the chain didn't provide calories from fat in their information, she still found
  • some things that were pretty icky.
  • For example, her analysis found a single slice of Golden Corral's popular meatloaf is around
  • 45 percent fat.
  • The beef brisket was even worse, coming in at 63 percent fat.
  • Not surprisingly, you should probably also skip their prime rib if it's low-fat meat
  • you're looking for.
  • Just because you're heading out to Golden Corral doesn't mean you have to opt for foods
  • that are the complete opposite of healthy.
  • Ever thought that owning your own Golden Corral — and the chocolate fountain that comes
  • with it — might be kind of cool?
  • If you want to open a Golden Corral franchise, it'll cost you some serious bucks.
  • Golden Corral estimates the cost to be between about $2.3 and $6.7 million, and you need
  • a net worth of $2.5 million in order to even open negotiations, with $500,000 of that in
  • liquid assets.
  • While they throw out a number that includes average annual sales of $5.3 million, they
  • also add that only applies to the top 20 percent earners, and, as a footnote, they emphasize
  • in all caps,
  • "THERE IS NO ASSURANCE YOU'LL DO AS WELL.
  • IF YOU RELY UPON OUR FIGURES, YOU MUST ACCEPT THE RISK OF NOT DOING AS WELL."
  • Well, that's one way to get your message across.
  • Golden Corral's commercials tend to focus on their big ticket items, showing customers
  • getting some amazing deals on lobster and digging in to all-you-can eat ribs, sirloin,
  • and smoked brisket.
  • How can they possibly make any money if they are really encouraging you to fill your face
  • with meat, meat, and more meat?
  • If they were charging $50 a person, then sure, they wouldn't go broke, but at $12 a head,
  • how do they do it?
  • “I'll have some of the yellow.
  • And don't get cheap on me!
  • Heheh.”
  • Trickery, that's how, and it's not just Golden Corral that does this.
  • Most all-you-can-eat buffets use some sleight-of-hand and creative layouts to encourage customers
  • to take a lot of the cheap stuff and just a little of the expensive stuff.
  • The high-end items often tend to be served in smaller portions, and you may have to wait
  • in line a while for cooked-to-order menu items like steak.
  • Another trick buffets use is to position heaping platters of cheap, starchy items such as rice,
  • potatoes, and pasta toward the beginning of the buffet line, with smaller platters of
  • the pricier specialties being less accessible.
  • They may also play on the mindset that nobody wants to take the last piece on the plate.
  • Think about it, how many times have you gone through the buffet line only to find there's
  • just one piece of fried chicken left on that platter?
  • Bad luck, coincidence, or a deliberate strategy where they just don't refill the dish?
  • Also, take a look at the utensils.
  • Chances are, the scoop for the mashed potatoes might resemble a small backhoe, while serving
  • tongs for the pork chops may possibly pass for tweezers.
  • The more you know!
  • Golden Corral has had a certain amount of legal trouble with the federal government
  • and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • First, an explanation: the ADA is meant to protect employees from discrimination based
  • on their disabilities, and it even requires employers to provide any reasonable accommodations
  • necessary to allow those disabled employees to perform their jobs.
  • But nowhere does the ADA say that employers or managers are permitted to harass and shame
  • employees for their disabilities, or to fire them for the same.
  • Yet disabled Golden Corral employees have claimed to have experienced both of these
  • shameful circumstances.
  • One Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit against Golden Corral alleged that
  • a dishwasher with high-functioning autism was repeatedly verbally abused and subjected
  • to unwanted propositions and contact, while another EEOC lawsuit was filed on behalf of
  • a Golden Corral employee who lost her job after she was accused of, quote, "being unwilling
  • or unable to control her epilepsy."
  • In the former instance, Golden Corral was fined $85,000, while in the second case the
  • payout was $31,000.
  • A restaurant might seem like the last place someone would be subject to fat shaming, but
  • according to Sueretta Emke, that's exactly what happened to her in a Golden Corral in
  • Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • In 2019, Emke was kicked out of her local Golden Corral due to either violating a non-existent
  • dress code, or, as she suspects, daring to dress sexy while overweight.
  • She was wearing a crop top and shorts, but had seen people in the same Golden Corral
  • wearing skimpier clothing, so was shocked when a manager told her she was dressed, quote,
  • "too provocatively" and would have to leave.
  • As she later posted on Facebook, she felt she'd been called out, quote, "because I'm
  • not thin so it's not considered sexy."
  • Golden Corral issued explanations and apologies and compensated the woman with some gift cards,
  • but she still says she never wants to wear that crop top again.
  • And no one should ever finish a night out with that kind of regret.
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Golden Corral is the very definition of a guilty pleasure, and sometimes, you just need all the comfort food you can eat. Whether you see it as a challenge or as something to never mention again once you walk out the door, here's what you should know.

Even if you steer clear of Golden Corral's cheap starches and questionable pizza and head straight for the meat, you're still probably not going to get any real high-quality stuff. Okay, so it's a budget buffet, and we're not really expecting Wagyu beef here, but you still might be surprised to find their proteins are often served up with a heaping helping of fat.

In 2015, intrepid nutritionist Heather Blanchette, RD, LD ventured into Golden Corral's nutritional data, and while the chain didn't provide calories from fat in their information, she still found some things that were pretty icky. For example, her analysis found a single slice of Golden Corral's popular meatloaf is around 45 percent fat. The beef brisket was even worse, coming in at 63 percent fat. Not surprisingly, you should probably also skip their prime rib if it's low-fat meat you're looking for. Just because you're heading out to Golden Corral doesn't mean you have to opt for foods that are the complete opposite of healthy.

Watch the video to see what you should know before you ever eat at Golden Corral again!

Not-so-lean protein | #
It's a shocking investment | #
The cheap stuff | #
Trouble with the EEOC | #
Fat shaming | #