Former hotel employee reveals foods you should never eat at breakfast buffet
A FORMER hotel worker – who went viral for warning people against eating waffles at the breakfast buffet – is back with more.
Brandi Augustus, 36, of Knoxville, Tennesse, started working in the industry in 2005, as front desk and as a nightly audit, first for a high-end chain, then at more affordable hotels .
In November, she brought Tiktok to the attention of millions for her advice on what foods to avoid in hotels.
But it turns out that there are more dishes to be wary of than previously thought, if you are staying at some of the more affordable hotels.
Brandi said: “Handling the bread and pastries was the first thing that immediately got me thinking and made me say something.
“The gloves weren’t used and the hands weren’t washed and it was food that had been taken from the buffet the morning before, so who knows how many pairs of hands touched everything.
“Bread and pastries are often recycled and picked up for days. ”
She also takes issue with the meat quality of some hotel buffets, saying, “Avoid meat in most places. Sausage is not meant to be gray. Stop eating gray sausage.”
The worst incident, Brandi claims, involved simply adding new waffle batter to old stuff that she said smelled bad.
She said: “When I was told to smell the waffle batter to check if it was still good, I just gave up hope.
“It made my stomach completely sour because the dough had a slight odor, but the container was a little more half full, so instead of wasting the old dough, I was told to just mix in a new one. paste and the smell would disappear. That smell was the multiplication of bacteria. “
Brandi says she reported some of the issues to her managers, but that hasn’t changed anything.
She said: “They didn’t care. They said they had health checks so they couldn’t hurt too much.
“I didn’t report it to hygiene officials. Health inspectors never came during my shift and often felt like if I reported it outside of work, my job would know. one way or another. Whistleblowers are never tea. “
Brandi admits that as a single mom of two, working a shift where no restaurant was open, she ate breakfast but stuck to some things after seeing the processes.
She said, “I would only eat what I made fresh, like a new waffle mix or unopened pastries.”
Today, after 15 years in the industry, she has changed careers and works as a coordinator in a non-profit social justice organization.
But her previous jobs still give her pause when booking accommodation.
She said: I try not to stay at these hotels and stick with the ones that offer made-to-order breakfast. Do I trust him more…? Type of. Food service as a whole seems to be a gamble these days.
“The chances of food poisoning seem to decrease when you can see the person cooking your food, so always go for the omelet station. “
Brandi’s Tiktok video has been viewed over 1.5 million times and has been commented on nearly 6,000 times.
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