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Watch Your Food
An ex-restaurant worker has some advice of her own.

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Dear Willie D:

I would like to advise your readers of something. I used to be a waitress at a nice restaurant in Houston, and I actually witnessed the owner of the restaurant spit in someone's food. I've also seen an employee blow snot into soup and pick up dropped food off the floor and put it onto customers' plates. I heard about this type of stuff going on, but not until I saw it with my own eyes did I understand the scope of the problem.

People have no idea how nasty and unhealthy restaurants can be. Because I do know, I stopped eating out altogether. Cops are huge targets. Needy and picky customers can expect a little extra dressing in their dressing.

Likewise, lousy tippers and rude customers almost always get the special-sauce treatment, if you know what I mean. But sometimes a customer can be the nicest, most polite person on earth and still have the misfortune of being targeted or eating food prepared by a cook with open sores on his hand or a prep with a cold who coughed over his meal.

Some people who work at restaurants are just mean-spirited jackasses who will lick your food or spit on it strictly for entertainment purposes. If you're going to eat at a restaurant, I suggest dining at one that has an open kitchen. Even if you can't see your food being prepared, others likely will and you'll stand less of a chance of having your food contaminated because employees know they're being watched. I also think wearing gloves should be mandated, cameras should be required in all restaurant kitchens and monitors placed where customers can see what's going on.

It won't stop the disgusting acts that occur in restaurants, but it will reduce them.

Helpful Waitress:

Thanks for the tip. You just further provoked me to eat home-cooked meals. I accept all the deterrent measures you listed and will raise you one. Tampering with someone's food is already against the law. How about passing legislation to give a minimum $1,000 reward to whistleblowers and hand out drug-dealer-style sentences?

If that happened, when restaurant employees encountered a bad customer or they just felt like being foul, imagine how many cooks and waiters would learn to suck it up rather than spit it out.

Ask Willie D appears Thursday mornings on Rocks Off.

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