These horror stories from all-you-can-eat buffets in the US will make you want to go on a diet

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You might have been to an all-you-can-eat buffet, where scary lasagne sits lukewarm under a hot light, BBQ ribs glisten with sugary coatings, and ice cream flows like the tears of the hungry.

Here in the UK, Pizza Hut is a well-known courtier of the proposition. There, the greasy cheese-topped slices provide quest for anyone looking for a gluttonous fill.

But the biggest purveyor of such gastro-headiness is the US. All-you-can-eat buffets are abundant.

One well-known place is somewhere called 'Golden Corral'. It's been written about before. And it doesn't sound particularly appetising.

Here is some Golden Corral food:

Here is some more:

This recent Reddit thread has brought some suppressed memories about the restaurant, along with other establishments, back to the fore.

Entitled, 'All you can eat buffet employees, what is the most disgusting display of gluttony you have witnessed?', the thread encourages people to share their experiences of never-ending buffets.

The resulting stories of greed and indulgence are quite shocking. Many are a little too alarming to repeat - you can peruse them at your pleasure. Beware, the first is one of the most disgusting things to ever happen anywhere, ever, let alone a buffet.

There are tales of fighting over crab legs, chundering children, eight plates of fried foods polished off in reckless abandon, and the most horrendous public flatulence.

We've provided a few examples of the funniest below, just to whet your appetite. It's grim. But, just like the people at these buffets, you'll keep wanting to go back for more.

Watched a woman come in, go right to the dessert section, and pick up 4 plates of pumpkin pie. Then, as soon as more plates of pie are set out, she gets up before shes even finished eating the four slices she's already grabbed, cuts right in front of a kid about to grab a slice, and picks up 4 more plates. I should mention she didn't even finish them all. There were like 2 and 3/4 slices of pie on her table when she left.

All you can eat prime rib special. First round you got prime rib, veggies, mashed potatoes. Subsequent plates just prime rib. Guy did 8 plates. Lady came in with two small kids. Said she wouldn't pay for two kids because they wouldn't be eating. We were curious where the kids went at one point and found she was feeding them under the table like dogs.

Most of the stories are from the US, but there are a few from elsewhere. Here's one from the UK. It's a big fail.

A Chinese buffet in the UK that me and my friends frequently go to does fried bananas and syrup - one guy stacked a bowl full of them and then poured chicken noodle soup all over it. I was waiting behind him like the f*? I think he realised his mistake but you pay if you leave any food as it's a small family business. I think he thought it was pancake rolls (like egg rolls). So he sat and ate it all. It looked disgusting.

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