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Woman claims Dirty Dining is targeting Asian restaurants, Jeff Weinsier explains the process to her

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A state inspector last week found 21 violators at Sang’s Chinese and dim sum restaurant and ordered the eatery closed until it was cleaned and inspected again.

Last week was not an ordinary inspection as the inspector was there due to a complaint.

Local 10’s Jeff Weinsier visited the restaurant at 1925 NE 163rd St. in North Miami Beach this week and was met by a woman who appeared to be familiar with him and his dirty dining segment.

“May I ask you a question?” she asked Weinsier.

“You can ask me a question. Yes, ma’am,” Weinsier replied.

“I saw you on (a) TV show – 90 percent go to Asian restaurants,” she said.

“You think I only go after Asians?” Weinsier asked.

“Yes,” she replied.

So let’s explain the process.

Local 10 does not inspect the restaurants nor choose which restaurants are inspected.

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It gets a list of places the state has closed, and Sang’s restaurant made that list last week.

Violations that led to the temporary closure included roaches and rodents.

But the woman didn’t want to hear it and didn’t take any responsibility either.

“I don’t know why you are against Chinese restaurants,” she said.

“I’m not against Chinese restaurants,” Weinsier replied.

“Ninety-five to 100 percent,” she replied.

“No, no, madam. I’m not the inspector. The inspector shut you down,” Weinsier said.

Among the 21 violations found at Sang’s were a dead rodent found under the stove, live roaches in a box under a sink, roaches crawling on the kitchen floor, and dead roaches in the dining room and under a dishwasher .

There was also cockroach droppings under a steam table and food contact surfaces were contaminated with a mold-like substance or slime, according to the inspector’s report.

“Would you want to eat at a restaurant with a dead rodent and roaches?” Weinsier asked the woman.

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“Have you seen any cockroaches here?” she asked.

“It’s on inspection, ma’am,” Weinsier replied.

“Really, show me,” she said. “Show me a picture. We never have live cockroaches here. Can you show me the picture?”

“Here’s the inspection, it’s a public record,” Weinsier said. “It is your responsibility to keep the place clean.”

“No, we don’t have live cockroaches here,” she said. “Why are you against Asian restaurants?”

“No no no. Don’t put that on me. It’s not my fault,” Weinsier said. “The inspector shut you down. The inspector shut you down — don’t blame me, don’t flip it.”

Without the online dirty dining list and this segment on television, many consumers would have no idea what’s going on in the kitchens of South Florida restaurants.

And frankly, it’s that simple.

Local 10 has no control over who the state inspects or who it shuts down.

Sang’s Chinese has since been allowed to reopen after an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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