Health Inspectors, What's The Worst Violation You've Seen? (r/AskReddit)

Health Inspectors, What's The Worst Violation You've Seen? (r/AskReddit)



health inspectors of Reddit what's the worst violation you've ever seen my stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century new French fortress because they sell bread to the public the health inspector came by and she was ripping into my step that for violations like the stonework walls the Doris entranceways or the lack of mosquito zapper he pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th century bakery the health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure they went to the shed which was a doorless building attached to the bakery as the health inspector went in there happened to be an escaped convict in all of the loaves my stepdad could only say honestly this never happens they passed the health inspection TL DR health inspector witnesses escaped farm animal licking all the bread in a bakery passes health inspection anyway my favorite Chinese restaurant got shut down my ex-wife worked for the city and I asked her what was the deal she said the health inspectors found something leaking from the selling they lifted the ceiling tile and shined a flashlight and saw multiple eyes staring back at them it was chickens they were raising chickens in the selling and chicken shit was dripping in the food that I had been eating at least once a week finally something I can comment on my uncle is a health inspector in rural Australia he got several complaints about a fish and chips shop in a small town in Victoria with reports of it being a bit grotty and people getting chunks of hair in there hot chips so he rocks up one day unannounced on a blazing hot day in the middle of summer and the owner grates him and shows him around wearing a white singlet top with sweat patches under the arms short shorts and no shoes this guy's body was covered in hair not just on his arms and chest but his back and neck were like a werewolf clearly this must be the source of the hair in the chips my uncle decides to make a tactful comment about having wear appropriate clothes when working so as to protect against hot oil burns after seeing the property and giving a few basic suggestions the only other thing he notices that needs immediate attention is the deep fryer itself the oil is old and filthy and likely full of this guy's hair so he orders the bloke to drain it out right then and there the owner dorso and at the bottom of the oil that is a dead deep fried and crispy cat totally unfazed the owner simply said oh that's where my cat went turns out a few months previously the shop was having a rodent problem so the owner bought in a cat to catch them he thought the cat escaped overnight and ran away nope looks like little fluffy drowned in the deep frying oil and mr. chippy has been frying him up over and over and over again ever since the clumps of hair locals were complaining about weren't from the half-man half-wolf owner but the fur and flesh of a dead cat my friend was inspecting a restaurant walked out the back to find a man stirring a huge pot of curry with his arm no spoon or anything just up to his hairy elbows in curry my stepmother is the lead health inspector for a decent-sized suburban town while I have never asked what the worst thing she has witnessed as part of her jobless I do know of one instance that was pretty gross a truck full of lobsters was travelling down the highway and crashed the police came and eventually they towed the truck as a board of health inspector my stepmother was consulted to see if any of the lobsters were viable and she told them now the load is a total loss since there were literally lobsters scattered across the highway covered in dirt sand etc fast-forward 24 hours and one of the restaurants in town ran a special twin lobsters for $19 9920 knew the restaurant owner pretty well so they made a deal whereby the restaurant would pay a very discounted price for the rode lobsters the restaurant would turn around and illegally serve the lobsters to unsuspecting customers or sell them out of a truck behind behind the restaurant I'm not sure what the repercussions were but I think they were shut down for like a week they closed shortly thereafter and now there's a new restaurant there the towing company they're contracted tow vehicles semi trucks with the town and state not a health inspector but worked in a restaurant where the managers were good friends with one the coffee / ice cream shop next door was shut down out of nowhere and we were all shocked because they were pretty busy health inspector came in one day and manager asks why it was shut down health inspector proceeded to tell my manager that he walked in unannounced early one morning before the shop opened only to find the owner jerking off behind the counter by the ice cream when I went to culinary school one of professors made the statement if you want to know how clean the restaurants kitchen is go to bathroom first before you are seated if the bathroom is dirty there is a good chance the kitchen is in the same condition not a health inspector but someone in my city repainted their floor with non-slip paint and literally painted over a dead rat sealing it in there and to top it off it was in the middle of the kitchen not under a bench or anything similar did food safety inspection at a large slaughterhouse for a while we did our own inspections each shift and the government inspector stopped by once a day – one day I came round a corner and one of the workers who was running service for the butchers had dropped a ham on the floor so the proper way to handle this for him was to leave it there and call for a rien Spectre to come pick it up take it out to cut off any contaminated bits and rinse it in boiling water now it's relatively often happened meat was dropped on the floor it's just very very hard to avoid it when running in a factory setting with human labour so this was common what was uncommon was what the guy did first he tried catching it as it fell which weld been fine no contact with any surface and he cold just thrown it back into the tub it had fallen out of he didn't catch it though and it landed on the floor thinking that noone was watching he tried picking it up and dropped it again he did this three times so first and foremost he's not supposed to be touching anything that's been on the floor it crossed contaminates his hands and he has nowhere to put the contaminated products anyway but he did this three times and dropped it three times freshly carved hands can be slippery when wearing vinyl gloves he then out of pure frustration / annoyance at the unwieldy ham dropped down on all fours and proceeded to pick up the raw freshly cut six kilo ham by his teeth stood up ham dangling from his chompers and dropped it into the tub with around 600 kilograms of product and drove off with the tub for processing he was fired a few minutes after that and the entire tub of product discarded the dumpster needed to be moved 6 inches from the back exit of the bar otherwise everything I inspected was up to standard but and it seemed sweaty all the time bathroom stalls could have used a little touch-up didn't get to spend much time in the basement I became quite dizzy for some reason they were given a passing grade my dad was one is now retired of everything I ever heard to jump out he noted that razor to Chinese restaurants weren't clean or warm when he asked the employees they acknowledged the heating element had failed but that there was still chemical backup somehow though it wasn't hitting the dishes then he saw a cockroach crawl out of the washer attempting to understand how the dishes were not getting rinsed he found that it was backed up with cockroaches they were cleaning the trays they closed for remodeling for three days but it was really cleaning up in order to pass inspection before they were allowed to open again at a similar restaurant he asked about a pail on the floor filled with a green substance soup of the day they told him dad asked what it was and was told it was scraps the bucket was never emptied it turned out the scraps going in roughly he killed the soup going out which meant that there was stuff in there that had been there for weeks at room temp on the floor dad had them dump it as he looked on a bonus story was when he caught a guy smoking in a kitchen and exposed the cigarette behind his back with a handshake mentioned this one somewhere before on reddit used to have a job working as an inspector for storage tanks at places like dairies and factories went to achieve saccades actory wants to test a milk storage tank it had just cleaned and was being prepped to be filled with a tanker full of milk I noticed the floor of the tank was covered in Bleach it turned out the floor manager couldn't be asked to spend the time sucking out the rest of the cleaning fluid used in the cleaning process and as standard just filled the tank with milk on top of a dozen gallons of bleach his theory was that there was enough milk to dilute the bleach to acceptable consumption levels I wrote a report and he was promptly fired not a health inspector but a Chinese buffet near me was closed down because it got a 0/5 in its inspection I got food poisoning from there once the staff just got up and left lock the door never went back all the food was still out and everything a week later a man was walking his dog passed said Chinese buffet and heard a loud buzzing noise look through the window to see hundreds of thousands of flies that had taken over the building as their new home was so bad that Pizza Hut next door had to close to not a health inspector but my mom used to work at this restaurant where the owner just did not give a shit it was a Mexican restaurant and my mom told me that once a lady came in asking for called O'Leary's beet soup but they didn't have any more meat at least not the one used for that dish they were about to let the lady know when the owner stepped up and told the lady that her food would be right out the server and my mom were both confused as to what she was going to do well this lady goes and literally digs through the fucking trash and pulls out some beef some still with bone she then ran it through water cooked it and served it to that poor lady my mom says the lady was even sucking the bone and she almost felt sick watching my mom quit that job soon after her worked in an restaurant sitting in the office one day I hear an awful squeaking / shrieking noise took me a little while to find the source source turned out to be a mouse stuck in some old spilled pancake syrup under a storage shelf being eaten alive by the mouse stuck next to it not health inspector but I worked as an assistant cook in a restaurant two weeks into the job I opened a cupboard to get a can of tomato sauce and I see a huge asteroid Sheila scuttling away behind the cans I told the boss what I had seen so that maybe we should get someone to deal with the huge asks by de living in the kitchen boss turns to me and say I see you've met at our dough just don't put your hand too close to him and you'll be good later another cook proceeded to explain to me the spite of been living there for two years and they allowed it because he kept rodents and roaches away this is a true story so no this word it every time that you think about swatting a spider remember that there is a possibility that a friendly spider is guarding your favorite restaurants food and gas and nasty critters former inspector here I once discovered a rat infestation in the kitchen of a hospital they asked me if I could prove my suspicions I pointed out the numerous food stuffs with 1-2 inches circular holes chewed in them but they didn't seem convinced I showed them the trailer droppings and footprints coming and going from a hole in the floor drain but they didn't seem convinced I showed them the three dead rats I had discovered under and around equipment I think they began to believe me at that point citations included rat infestation and absolutely deplorable cleaning practices not a health inspector but assistant manager at a restaurant for a year between University I once saw my sous-chef flicker phillyd steak out of the pan kick it back up with his foot and landed back in the pan to continue cooking he did this three quarters times I was watching on the CCTV trying not to laugh every time he celebrated each catch I'm not a health inspector but I've been waiting tables since I turned 16 some of the things I've witnessed have really turned me off to going out to eat the worst thing I can think of right now is when I saw a manager blow his nose into the salad dressing and mix it up I wish I was lying I used to manage a well-known sandwich shop one day I discovered a huge colony of black stirred Chiba trees mold growing behind one of the walls I mentioned it to my assistant manager who told me that everyone knew it was there and that the entire staff assumed that I also knew about it and was just keeping my mouth shut I reported it to the district manager and the owner that day they both told me that they knew for a fact that black mold was harmless and that they weren't going to pay three grand to tear out the drywall and replace it I was fired inside of a week I reported them to the local health department but by the time the Health Department got around to doing the inspection they had already fixed the wall when my dad was a teenager he would go to a beach half an hour away with his mates and on the way home they would stop at a great pie place it was well-known and dad says they served the greatest pies ever they got shut down after it got out their pies were full of tins dog food on a plus note I've been a chef for 17 years and haven't ever seen anything overly gross at a restaurant I've worked at I've mostly done fine dining and high-end chains though although traveling to other countries is a different matter you may resume eating