Golden Corral—the chain of buffet restaurants most-frequented by people who didn’t want to drive the extra 10 minutes to get to Old Country Buffet—is dealing with a PR nightmare after a video of one of their employees started making the rounds on the Internet this week.
Brandon Huber is a cook at the Golden Corral restaurant in Port Orange, Florida. He recently filmed a video from his place of employ, claiming that the restaurant’s management had wheeled loads of unprepared food out to the dumpster area during a health inspection.
The video—shot vertically, in true selfie style—shows Huber walking out to the restaurant’s dumpster area and pointing out that a bunch of uncooked meat and pans filled with food are resting inches from the dumpster.
The brown marmorated stink bug is expected to cause, well, a stink this year when large numbers of them begin nibbling on crops and infiltrating homes.
Entomologists are predicting an onslaught of the invasive species based on the amount of overwintering bugs counted in the autumn.
“Most entomologists indicated that the population of brown marmorated stink bugs that were seeking shelter in the fall of 2012 was significantly higher than the population seeking shelter in 2011,” said Tom Ford, a commercial horticulture educator from the Penn State Extension office in Cambria County. “As a rule, unless you have some significant event that impacts the over-wintering adults you should have a very robust number of mature brown marmorated stink bugs that will be laying eggs this spring and summer.”
The insects are emerging from their winter hiding places, and if you’ve spotted one recently, chances are it was on its way to find a mate.
Andrew McElroy remembers getting calls from homeowners about stink bugs and then finding thousands of the tiny critters hiding under house siding or in various cracks or crevices.
“We’d move the siding, and you couldn’t see the brick underneath because it was covered in stink bugs,” he said.
But so far this fall, McElroy, owner of Best Pest Control of Reading, said the shield-shaped bugs with pointy antennae are leaving homeowners alone.
“I don’t think they’re as prevalent as they had been maybe two years ago,” McElroy said. “The jury’s still out. But I can’t recall a situation where I’m seeing a thousand stink bugs like I did a few years ago.”