Crazy brawl breaks out at Pennsylvania Golden Corral over steak shortage, reportedly

A brawl that broke out in a restaurant involving dozens of patrons is being blamed on a misunderstanding about steak.

The melee at the Golden Corral buffet in Bensalem was caught on video as customers flung chairs and threw punches in the incident reportedly sparked by a “shortage of steak.”

The restaurant was left in complete disarray after the mob trashed the dining area, with shocking video showing fists and even high chairs being thrown. Police confirmed to CBS Philly that more than 40 people may have been involved and they are still investigating what sparked the brawl.

“We are aware of an unfortunate disturbance that started between two parties of guests at our franchise restaurant in Bensalem, PA,” JK Hospitality LLC, which owns the Golden Corral franchise, said in a statement to Fox News. “We notified local authorities, and they are investigating the incident.”

(Video: CBS Philly)

“I’ve never seen nothing like that in Golden Corral before,” Dylan Becker, a former employee of the restaurant, told CBS Philly. “From what I heard it was over steak, apparently somebody cut in line.”

“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,” Gaven Lauletta, who posted a longer video of the incident to Facebook, said.

CBS Philly reporter Matt Petrillo noted that a man could be heard in the video saying “all I wanted was some steak.”

By the time police arrived, most of the fighting customers were already gone.

“Thankfully there were no serious injuries resulting from the fight that we are aware of,” Bensalem Public Safety Director William McVey said in a statement. “Only a few minor injuries were sustained.

One of the patrons involved told WPVI that the whole thing started over a misunderstanding about steak, explaining that a customer in front of him on line apparently got agitated when he did not receive his food first.

“(The cook is) trying to understand what you want and give you what you want,” he said. “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.”

Rios also noted that the fact that customers were wearing masks may have added to the hostilities as people had a difficult time understanding what was being said.

Frieda Powers


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