‘Don’t eat that s**t’: Ex-hotel employee reveals nauseating reasons to avoid continental breakfasts

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A former hotel employee shared some tips with travelers in a TikTok video about the much-loved continental breakfast many lower-tier hotels offer that may make viewers think twice before reaching for the waffle maker.

Brandi Augustus, 36, shared the insider knowledge in a video that has since garnered over 1.5 million views.

“If your hotel serves, like, a hot continental breakfast or whatever — eggs, waffles, stuff like that — don’t eat that s***,” Augustus advised, citing her 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

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“I have worked at numerous brands of hotels and what I’ve come to realize is that they don’t give a s*** about that continental breakfast,” she continued.

Augustus went on to specify that the ‘they’ who don’t care about the breakfast are corporate and management.

At one hotel, the night auditor was training the TikToker when he told her to use “one paper towel to clean everything” from tables to spatulas all night because it was more “environmentally friendly” than a rag, sponge, or more paper towels.

Another consideration at a continental breakfast bar is the waffle station. “Check the waffle maker and see if the waffle maker is even clean, because often times it’s not,” the TikToker told viewers, “Much more awful than that is the fact that that waffle batter don’t get made everyday. That waffle batter gets reused until it starts to smell like beer.”

“When I was told to smell the waffle batter to check if it was still good I just lost all hope. That completely soured my stomach as the batter had a slight smell to it but the container was a little over half full, so instead of wasting the old batter I was told to just mix new batter into it and the smell would go away. That smell was bacteria multiplying,” Augustus recalled one particularly stomach-turning ordeal.

While Augustus was worried about being attacked by others in the hotel industry for divulging the information, viewers in the comments backed her up. Some even asked for more industry secrets from behind the scenes.

“The handling of the bread and pastries was the first thing that gave me immediate pause and made me say something. Gloves weren’t used and hands weren’t washed and this was food that was removed from the buffet the morning prior, so who knows how many sets of hands had touched it all,” Augustus said to The Sun adding, “Bread and pastries are often recycled and picked over for days.”

Hotel-goers should avoid the sausage as well, if possible. “Sausage is not supposed to be grey. Stop eating grey sausage,” the TikToker stated.

Despite reporting the less than hygienic practices to her managers, nothing was done to improve conditions. According to the TikToker, by their logic, “they passed health checks, so they couldn’t be doing too bad.”

For those who just can’t give up their hotel breakfast, Augustus shared some advice to keep in mind when selecting hotels, namely to look for those that offer “made-to-order breakfast.”

“The chances of getting food poisoning seem to decrease when you can see the person cooking your food, so always opt for the omelet station,” Augustus advised.

“I’m just trying to save y’all the headache…I would say if you were to do a hotel breakfast, like that is a qualifier for you to pick the hotel, do a DoubleTree, do something that has a chef that makes your breakfast included,” she shared.


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