memedumpster You know, those temperatures they list as required horrify me, since I have never eaten at a buffet where the chicken, or any food, even remotely approached 135F.
Mother Lumper People have been known to reach down and scoop up dirt into their mouths. Geophagy is a thing. The human digestive system is more resilient than you'd think.
That said, I avoid buffets and don't even like eating at restaurants in general. Fast food and take-out are also something I shy away from.
animegurl1000 First and only time I've been at a Golden Corral, I watched a kid about 6 or 7 years old taste testing the soft-serve ice cream by sticking his fingers into the dispensers and into his mouth, several times.
Jeriko-1 They had a bunch here that were shut down in Ohio because the franchise owner was letting them get really hilarious levels of crusty. This took place in the early to mid 00's. He was just using them as fronts or something. Which is pretty common in this region from the sound of it.