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Old 03-18-14, 12:32 PM   #1
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Why I don't like eating out, and am selective when I do...

I was in Starbucks not too long ago and while waiting for my drink, a young guy from the neighboring TJI Friday's walks in. He's wearing TJIF garb and is obviously a worker there. While he was waiting in line, he stuck his hands down the back of his pants and proceeds to scratch himself. YUCK!! I hope he isn't preparing or serving food.

Another experience I had was going to what looked like an upscale restaurant, using the restroom and finding that someone had the runs earlier in the day and it had dried up. GROSS!!!!!!

I also don't eat at peoples' houses either unless I know them really well. Once had dinner at someone's house who apparently let their cats climb on the kitchen counters. I can't explain any other way that cat hair could get in the food.

Why can't people be a bit more careful??
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Obviously, they like giving you the heebie-jeebies.

Some enlightened people find cat hair precious.
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Old 03-18-14, 01:14 PM   #3
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Cat hair gets everywhere.

Love TGI Friday's.
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Cat hair gets everywhere.

Love TGI Friday's.
Considering all the crap you can't see that'll nail you... I really don't concern myself with the more tangible. cats always get on counters...no excuse for the gnarly dude in Starbucks though!
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TJIF? Thank Jesus It's Friday?? Does that mean we curse him the rest of the week... Jesus Christ. I think I'll eat at home. With my cats.
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You should try a job in food service.
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You must be fun at parties... if you go to them. Which is unlikely.
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Good reason not to eat out... you don't have control over food prep or what or who is cooking and serving... at some point you just have to not think about that stuff....BTW if I eat out I always treat the wait staff well... I never send anything back to the kitchen or try and make my waiter's day miserable... you have no idea what is then being served to you...

As to cats, my cat does not get up on the counter (he was taught not to and frankly he's too fat to jump) but that said, cat fur is everywhere... I mean everywhere... love the critter but hate the fur in everything. Not to mention cat butts and where their feet has been...just can't think about it!
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Cats can present human health risks but they are so nice to have around..... most people accept the risk (although cats should never be around food prep surfaces).

And isn't accepting the risks.... what life is all about. There are people's homes I would hesitate to eat food prepared in. Humans in general are kind of filthy. But the heath risks are not that great... mostly it's a gross feeling or impression.

I'd much rather accept eating food that might have a tiny little chance of causing me a little digestive discomfort.... than isolate myself from the company of other humans. But that's just my feelings.
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I was in Starbucks not too long ago and while waiting for my drink, a young guy from the neighboring TJI Friday's walks in. He's wearing TJIF garb and is obviously a worker there. While he was waiting in line, he stuck his hands down the back of his pants and proceeds to scratch himself. YUCK!! I hope he isn't preparing or serving food.

Another experience I had was going to what looked like an upscale restaurant, using the restroom and finding that someone had the runs earlier in the day and it had dried up. GROSS!!!!!!

I also don't eat at peoples' houses either unless I know them really well. Once had dinner at someone's house who apparently let their cats climb on the kitchen counters. I can't explain any other way that cat hair could get in the food.

Why can't people be a bit more careful??
I'm guessing you don't eat at taco shops and street vendors much. Around here you'd starve.
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Why can't people be a bit more careful??
While I can totally sympathize with your sentiment, this is unlikely to change in our lifetime. You will drive yourself crazy.

If you let it go and try to accept humans are indeed imperfect, sometimes gross/filthy animals, who pick their noses, fart in public, etc, life could be more fun.

That or you are trolling. =D
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1. It has always been said a restaurants restrooms reflect the cleanliness of its kitchen. I couldn't agree more.

2. Don't irritate the staff. At least until after your meal.

3. Waiter! Why does my salad smell like ass?
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While he was waiting in line, he stuck his hands down the back of his pants and proceeds to scratch himself. YUCK!! I hope he isn't preparing or serving food.
You should see what he does with his hands when he's NOT in public...

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I have to agree with the OP. there are now very few Restaurants I will eat in. No chains at all, period. Their "low wage-high turnover" business model just doesn't work, at least
not for me. There are a few local, privately owned places I go to, on occasion. Often, and I think this is especially true of the chains, you simply cannot have faith in the food.
The theory that an unclean bathroom probably means an unclean kitchen is correct.

No doubt, most of you have heard about the Pizza Hut district manager, who decided to relieve himself in a sink that is reserved for
washing cooking utensils. Link to it. Folks, this brings up
the natural question, how much of this sort of thing is going on, that we do not hear about?

Luckily Boston does have its share of well-run places to eat, and some, such as Durgin Park, have been in business for a very long time.
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Knock wood, but I don't think I've ever experienced any kind of ill effect from eating out or bringing food in, with one exception. Grocery market deli coldcuts. Maybe it's the preservatives used in deli meats, but I've a sneaking suspicion that most slicers don't get cleaned/sanitized nearly as often as they should. Only food class that more consistently resulted in unhappy digestion for me.

Serv-Safe certification is a joke.
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It's amazingly rare to get anything but cr*p from a restaurant, no matter how expensive. Healthy food doesn't sell very well.
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I love finding new and different non-chain family owned type restaurants and I've done that in a variety of countries in South and Central America, the Middle East, and Asia. I've had full blown food poisoning twice. Once in Tucson from a Jason's Deli and once from airline food.

Worst kitchen story I've heard: During an extended stay vacation in the Middle East, the food contract was currently under Sri Lankan control but some folks from Bangladesh were bidding on it. Our squadron Flight Surgeon went to observe the food preparation demonstration. When he returned, he said we are eating MRE's for our stay if Bangladesh gets the contract because A) they chopped up raw chicken on the counter then threw that into the fridge dripping down on everything else, B) they then chopped up vegetables to be served raw on the same counter, and C) after mopping up the floor, they took the same mop and mopped down the counter tops. Fortunately, they didn't get the contract.
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I love eating out, but it can get expensive. My wife doesn't like eating out because we seem to get poor service more often than not, and she hates to wait on food, wait on service, wait on getting the check, etc.

I try not to think about what goes on in the kitchen. Lots of things that we would cringe at have a low risk of harming us. After what I've seen other animals eat and survive, I don't worry about it as much. I do recall getting sick one time after eating at a restaurant, that was over 30 years ago.

Occasionally our TV news will have a big report on what they found in kitchens of restaurants. We make a point to not watch these stories because we don't want to know.

I was in a fast food restaurant over 25 years ago, this was at the halfway point of a local group ride. About 5 people were standing in line to order. I was zoning out and not paying attention when I heard someone behind me yell "DON'T DO THAT!". We quickly figured out that the young kid serving food behind the counter had dropped the french fry scoop onto the floor, picked it up, and was about to stick it back into the cooked french fries. Somebody saw that and yelled out quickly enough to keep him from doing it.
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ha people tell me they wont eat fish from this lake. but I see em order from fastfood places lol id trust the fish a hect of a lot more
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I picked up Norovirus once from a salad while in Florida. Flew to Chicago and went for a walk. Well, until the sweating started and the sidewalk was tipping sideways. Found my way back to the Marriott and was stuck in bed for 3 days.

That isn't bad considering the amount of travel and restaurant meals.
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I picked up Norovirus once from a salad while in Florida. Flew to Chicago and went for a walk. Well, until the sweating started and the sidewalk was tipping sideways. Found my way back to the Marriott and was stuck in bed for 3 days.

That isn't bad considering the amount of travel and restaurant meals.
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Here's one to avoid in Atlanta...

Employees seen eating food off customers? plates at Atlanta... | www.wsbtv.com
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