Workers’ Courts on Gross Cleanliness Practices in Restaurants

If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of cutlery in the restaurants you eat in, you may have good reason to be concerned.

In a stitched-up reply to TikToker @kuyyannunu, user @tequila.9 went at breakneck speed, highlighting all the sketchy food safety practices that are happening in restaurants out of sight of customers.

“I promise that fork you’re eating with came out of the washing machine with spinach just rinsed off,” says @tequila.9 in the clip.

According to TikToker, the dirt doesn’t just stop at your utensils.

“I promise you, the table you eat from was only wiped down with a stinky kitchen rag soaked with dirty dishwater. I promise you, whoever set your table used nails to scrape the crust off your plate just before you used it,” she continues. “And I’m willing to bet that if the health department showed up at the restaurant you’re eating at, everyone in the kitchen would go nuts in the walk-in fridge and all the dates on the food would change.”

@tequila.9 #stitch with @kuyyannunu I apologize in advance for this info #foodservice #serviceworker #serverlife #bartender #restaurant ♬ O-Ton – user3161343732059

According to Jolt, the most important factor customers consider when deciding whether to return to a restaurant is cleanliness. The outlet cites a study by Business Wire that says 75% of diners would not return to a restaurant that has unflattering reviews about the sanitary conditions of the meal. It adds: “Restaurants are hit the hardest by negative cleanliness reviews, even ahead of hotels and medical offices.”

@tequila.9’s video prompted a litany of reactions from viewers, many of whom said their work in the hospitality industry has made them more cautious about eating out.

“Working in restaurants makes me realize we have food at home,” wrote one user.

“It’s the same everywhere. That’s why I won’t work in my favorite places. I choose to be happily UNCONSCIOUS,” said another.

However, other hospitality workers said they had never worked in a dirty place.

“As a chef who takes pride in her lineage, it’s just HER place to work, I promise,” said one commenter.

“In the 7+ years that I’ve worked in the hospitality industry, none of the restaurants have been like this,” wrote another.

“I know the dirty places you’ve all worked, but we use soap and water on my jobs,” added a third.

The Daily Dot reached out to @tequila.9 via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: December 25, 2022 at 8:47 am CST

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