VERONA -- It's a viral video grabbing lots of people's attention Tuesday, a Golden Corral employee showing meat by a dumpster.
it's videos like this one that attempt to show some gruesome practices in the workplace.
Some of them may be staged just to grab your attention, But it's becoming a new trend that's affecting major corporations, employees and customers around the country.
Viral videos and pictures are popping up behind the scenes at work, one from a Golden Corral employee in Florida just got tens of thousands of hits in just a few days.
"Hamburger meat, look at all these flies, it's disgusting," the employee says.
He shows restaurant meat next to a dumpster in a video online.
"Baby-back ribs by the dumpster," he shows.
Or how about Domino's employees in an older video saying, "this is Michael's special Italian sandwich."
Workers everywhere getting attention online for some disturbing actions.
Communications professor Bruce Dorries says it's an evolving, dangerous trend.
Dorries says, "to me it's a merger of different social roles of the past: The watchdog function of journalism and the whistle blower function combining into a really powerful means of both exposure or in some cases maybe extorting."
He says you never know the back story to these videos, just the lasting effects.
"What happens to the corporations, what happens to the hundreds of thousands of employees who work for those corporations? When the story may only be about one location, it affects everyone," explains Dorries.
It's a new, powerful tool that many people may not know how to use properly.
Dorries says, "the power in their pocket to do great courageous things, or to have an impact that you can't begin to know the consequences of how disastrous they might be."
Dorries says always be careful what you post online, and don't take everything you see to be true.
Golden Corral did release a statement in response to that video. They say all that meat was immediately thrown away. The employee who posted it later asked the company for money.
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