In theory, all-you-can-eat buffets are utter heaven. You get to waltz in, pay very little money and then eat to your heart's content?! Who among us isn't here for that!
However, like most things that sound heavenly in theory, the behind-the-scenes reality of buffets are often far more hellish than we'd like to imagine. People who work at all-you-can-eat joints are privy to some horrific food practices, and entitled customers who desperately need an intervention.
Years ago, I worked at an all-you-can-eat country buffet in South Carolina. I was a busboy.
One day, I went to a table. It was a mess, as per usual. It looked to be a large family/group of families of around 12 people or so.
The thing that stuck it in my memory is that whenever they had finished with what they were going to eat, they would scrape their plate and use it again.