Food Fight at the Golden CorralJim Goad
Whenever I hear about a massive brawl at a restaurant, airport, mall, or in the streets, I assume that black people are involved, and I am usually right. What I am never wrong about is that, if black people were involved, the brawl was sparked by something intensely stupid, usually involving the initial assailant’s sense of having not been fully respected.
Although it may be a taxonomical error, I also consider black people to be human, so when I heard of a melee involving 40 or more people at a Golden Corral buffet in suburban Philly and my confirmation bias was confirmed when I viewed the unedited footage and saw that most of the brawlers were black, the humanist inside me yearned to seek for the ties that bind, the common ground. Perchance, I thought to myself, these brawlin’ blacks are going through exactly what every other American has endured the past two years: lockdowns, a crumbling economy, wall-to-wall media and government gaslighting, and that stinking sense of ennui that comes from a stabbing feeling in your guts that things will not get better anytime soon.
My misguided compassion was given a smidgen of credence when it was initially reported that the melee erupted after Golden Corral had run out of steak because of supply-chain issues. If, due to the malice of a white-supremacist power structure, an unemployed black man can’t use his food stamps to get himself a nice sizzlin’ steak at the notoriously down-market buffet chain, why shouldn’t he throw chairs even though it may hit one of the mothers in the room who are cradling their infants?
Bensalem, Pennsylvania is a quiet little township in the Philadelphia suburbs. I’ve been to the horse track there. I also ate my first Krispy Kreme doughnut there. I used to drive through it while switching between I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike en route from Philly to New York.
Bensalem is nearly three-quarters white; combined, blacks and Hispanics account for barely 15% of the population. I’m not sure if the Golden Corral in Bensalem was hosting some kind of discount for non-whites that evening, but on Friday, January 28 at about 4:30 PM, the room in the restaurant where the mini-riot occurred — under a giant “Gather Round” wall mural, no less — seemed about three-quarters black. The few undeniably white people mostly consisted of waitresses who boldly stood in between the chair-throwers and begged them to stop. There was a small cluster of light-skinned fat males who were throwing chairs — you can hear a grotesquely portly fellow muttering, “All I wanted was some steak” here –but my dogged deep dive into this incident suggests they may have been Hispanic.
According to former Golden Corral employee Dylan Becker, “I’ve never seen nothing like that in Golden Corral before. . . . From what I heard it was over steak, apparently somebody cut in line.”
Okay . . . black people . . . cutting in line. I can believe that. I’ve witnessed it again and again. They seem to believe that 400 years of oppression justifies cutting in line — or that full-throttle violence is justified after someone has cut in front of you. Anyone with good sense knows that you don’t jump in front of a black man in a buffet line.
Astoundingly, despite all those bodies throwing all those chairs for nearly four minutes, there were no serious injuries reported. This suggests that black people are getting less efficient with their violence. Hell, 1881’s Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona took only 30 seconds and left three people dead. As of this writing, police have filed no criminal charges yet, either.
Becker told a TV station that his friend, a female Golden Corral employee, was hurt during the brawl:
My friend, she’s in the video, like, trying to break it up and she told me she got hit by a table and her ankle got bruised up pretty bad. There was [sic] two parties in line waiting for steaks, somebody had cut in front and then started being picky and finicky about the steaks and taking too long. And then somebody else spoke up and said something I guess the other party didn’t like, and it looks like it turned into an all-out brawl.
Okay . . . black people . . . being picky and finicky and a generally rude pain in the ass to service workers. Anyone who’s ever worked in a service-industry job can believe that. When I drove a cab in Philly, even the black cabbies bitched about their black customers. And anyone who’s ever worked as a restaurant server knows why you paint a canoe black: so it doesn’t tip.
Gaven Lauletta, who posted the brawl video to his Facebook account, echoes the supply-chain theory:
There was a shortage of steak and two parties were involved and one family cut in front of another family. They were taking their time and they ran out of steak and it got into a heated exchange at the tables.
Subverting the “supply chain” thesis, though, is Alexis Rios, an amiable Hispanic who claims to have not only been engaged in the brawl — he says it all erupted after he received his rare steak before someone ahead of him in line got their well-done steak:
[The cook was] trying to understand what you want and give you what you want. I had a rare steak, which is a lot faster to cook than a well-done steak. That’s why I got my steak first. . . . With COVID right now, masks and everything, nobody can hear nobody sometimes. . . . I grab a chair to defend myself, and then sooner or later that was it. Punches were getting thrown. Chairs were getting thrown. . . . Nobody was on the ground. Nobody got hurt. I got a bruise on my nose. My brother got a black eye. My brother got a lifted nail. That was it.
So there was someone ahead of Rios in line who’d ordered a well-done steak but was still waiting for it after Rios received his steak bloody. I have no evidence that this person with time-comprehension issues was black, but I doubt a restaurant filled with black people would have started throwing fists and tossing chairs on behalf of a white person. At the beginning of the video, one can clearly hear a very loud black woman — she seems to be in all of these videos — screaming at someone, which I’ll presume was Alexis Rios. You can also hear the obligatory black man — he seems to be in every one of these videos, too — chuckling and saying, “Oh, shit!” as he gleefully witnesses the violence but fails to intervene.
Until better evidence comes in, I’m going to speculate that this food fight started because a black person felt he was experiencing racial discrimination when a non-brutha received his steak first.
And to be fair to blacks — it’s all I ever try to do — they didn’t need COVID or lockdowns or supply-chain issues to tear the living shit out of a Denny’s in East Oakland a few years ago. Nearly every time you hear of violence at a Waffle House, aggressive negritude is involved. The website World Star Hip Hop exists to sate a peculiar black thirst for getting violent in public, filming it, and posting it for all the world to see.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes stupid people are just stupid people. At first, I was looking for more profound reasons to explain this sudden explosion of mass violence: supply-chain problems, collective PTSD, and endemic cultural pessimism. I now realize, and I confess before the world, that I once again erred by giving people the benefit of the doubt.
The only positive thing I can take away from this video is that it was refreshing to see fat people exercising.
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God bless the pleasantly plump waitress for attempting to single-handedly stifle a category 2.
Naive? Yes, but admirable all the same. It would’ve been easier and obviously smarter for her to not put herself at risk to stick up for a place of employment which could care less wether she’s there or not.
But it’s a little pocket of order in her life and she was willing to do what it takes to maintain it.
God Bless? She is actively trying to suppress the two non blacks responding to what looks like the entire continent of Africa throwing chairs. Why didn’t she petition the more numerous and aggressive combatants? I think you know why and I think you have poor taste in heros. She would have done well to obtain a chair appendage to the dome. Maybe that would have been fitting.
I watched a bit of one of those Waffle House videos. Had to turn it off. Too disgusting and depressing. None of the people filming ever seem to try and stop anything, they only cheer the people fighting on and make things worse. People hit with chairs, thrown into counters, kicked repeatedly in the head, punched into unconsciousness, beaten whilst unconscious…and still it’s all “WOO YEAH! THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN BOUT!”
The people filming seemingly have no grasp of the fact people could be seriously injured, criminal damage has been done, and their fave feeding hole has been trashed – it’s all just in good destructive fun. They’re like pigshit thick toddlers trashing a playpen. And it doesn’t even seem like schadenfreude to them, it’s just that this kind of braindead extreme violence is NORMAL to these people, excites them, and they regard it (and shooting each other) as a reasonable way to settle any type of dispute, major or minor. Sad. Just sad.
Similar to a rap concert.
I worked at Applebee’s in Chapel Hill in the late 80’s and it was a decent gig unless a black concert came to play at the Dean Dome. Then it was brace-for-impact. They would pile in and eat chicken wings by the thousands and literally threw the bones on the floor when they were done. It looked like buzzards had come through. Cleaning up took forever and the only ones who tipped AT ALL left discarded pennies and nickels. I’m not even sure they meant it as a tip.
Looking back I guess I’m just lucky they didn’t throw chairs at me.
It should be a crime to order a steak well done. I once invited a friend and his wife over for dinner. I had four 8oz. filet mignon that I bought from the company I worked for at the time. When I asked how they liked their steak, they both said well done. I told them I would cook them some brats instead because I would not ruin two beautiful, corn fed Nebraska beef filets.
You did well. It’s medium rare for me. I often get these full tenderloins for something $9/lb and I cut them into 1″ thick steaks. The end pieces are good for stir fry. I even sometimes undercook the steaks and slice them for nachos. Delicious. Only salt and pepper, and fried in butter and olive oil in my trusty cast iron pan. Sometimes I drizzle raw sugar on them to get a nice candied sweet crust.
Burger joints that ask me how to cook it get my respect. My favorite is Ford’s Garage in SW Florida. If there’s ever a brawl in one of those, I’ll be hiding in the Model T hanging over the bar.
Don’t have guests if you intend to dictate their tastes.
Is this what the WEF means by steak-holder capitalism?
Further proof that “steak-holder values” means theft
When I would visit my Mommy in Delaware County PA, she would insist on taking us to a Red Lobster that was on freaking DeKalb Pike somewhere beyond King-Of-Prussia, a nightmare to get to.
The Red Lobster was literally all black, servers, managers and clientele.
We never had any issues but Mom would apprise the cashier on the way out to pick up her tip before anyone grabbed it.
She went to Overbook High School which was already predominately black when she went there in the 40’s -alma mater to Wilt Chamberlain, The Delfonics, Will Smith, Solomon Burke, one of The Orlons- so we didn’t grow up looking down on blacks OR believing them to be sacrosanct.
Of course, I look down on them now, not being deaf, dumb and blind.
Have you ever heard the joke: How can you tell it’s tax return season?? You drive by Red Lobster and count all the temp tags in the parking lot.
I have now.
Apparently it’s real popular with our dusky friends. The one we went to was absolutely jamming full-bore with nappy-headed seafood aficionados every time we went. The staff really had it together.
I’ve heard it mentioned in a couple rap songs and I’ve probably only heard about seven.
What is the story with the video being censored?? Is this just another example of tech companies trying to hide black violence? I refuse to be connected to google or facefuck so I can’t view any of the links on this piece. Is there any other way to see footage of these animals? I feel left out and I can use a good laugh.
Try the New York Post website.
Thanks for the tip.
Although it may be a taxonomical error, I also consider black people to be human…
I believe the socio-scientific term for this recurring phenomenon is the chimp-out.
Once that term would have upset and offended me. Now I just think, “Yup.”
So ape out would be further along on the evolutionary scale? Maybe for the fully grown of the species like these beasts. Separation is really the only solution.
As restaurant riots go, this was pretty tame. Cops weren’t called and no one went to the hospital.
But keep in mind, it was a steak shortage that sparked this mini-chimpout. Now if it was chicken, then oh lawdy lawdy look out. You’d have haymakers whip up a Cat 4 weave tornado.
Now that is a great pun of a title. David Cole needs to stop trying that sort of wordplay because some have it and some don’t.
A good chunk of the neurotic left resides in safe, non-diverse suburbs. Voting left makes them feel good… I’m a good person, and I’m voting for a good cause. I’m a good person, not one of the “bad whites”. The way to fix this is that when they vote this way, they need some affirmative busing of these sort of characters into their neighborhood… then there will be an awakening once they see it first hand.
I concur with Jim regarding blacks and tipping:
In Los Angeles, near Beverly Hills, in every nail salon I went to, Philippinas gossip and they are not politically correct. They always said blacks and Jews are the worst customers (that is, demanding and unkind to the help) and blacks in particular the worst tippers. The Phillipinas love, love, love white women as customers.
I don’t know why I found this hilarious, but I did. A good chuckle every time I had my nails done.
You ought to hear Indian women gossip about their kids’ academics. I overheard three or four of them once, and it was all Chinese kids this and Pakistani kids that. It was pretty intense and very ethnocentric. I was shocked because never had I heard white women talk that way.
Happy black/We-Wuz-Kangs-‘n’-Sheeit History Month!
I searched for the video and found it happened before. Golden Corral is a thing
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