Correct me if I’m wrong, but the world with eat out-only options on the pandemic menu hasn’t been the same. And there’s nothing quite like surviving the lockdown and treating yourself with a nice dinner at a local restaurant. But on some unfortunate occasions, this idyllic scenario turns sour.

And sometimes it’s not even your fault. You see, when you spot the tail of a big, nasty rat that’s been running errands in a restaurant kitchen, you can expect the soup won’t go down smoothly. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg and things are sometimes even more sinister.

So welcome to hell’s kitchens, the places where Gordon Ramsay would get a heart attack, and where your nightmare material is made. Be sure to scroll on an empty stomach, and check twice before choosing your next eatery.

#1

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

USA USA USA...

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Buffet At Charles De Gaulle Airport. Paris, France

Buffet At Charles De Gaulle Airport. Paris, France

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

That rat is about to create some amazing ratatouille

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Health and safety should be an integral part of a restaurant's operation for multiple reasons. First, it’s the moral and ethical responsibility to protect employees and customers from injury and illness. Second is the regulatory requirements that entail both local food safety regulations and USDA, OSHA, and EPA requirements.

That means that if you’re seeing a rat in the restaurant’s kitchen, it’s way beyond what should be acceptable and you may as well leave the place immediately.

Aside from customers’ and employees' safety, food safety should be the top priority. One of the biggest concerns in any eatery is cross-contamination, which occurs when harmful germs get spread between food, onto surfaces, and equipment.

#3

Local Chinese Restaurant Gets A New Cutting Board

Local Chinese Restaurant Gets A New Cutting Board

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Downunderdude
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1 year ago

That's terrible! He'll blunt his knife.

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#4

In The Men's Room At My Corporate Place Of Employment

In The Men's Room At My Corporate Place Of Employment

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Madison Feehan
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1 year ago

Makes me wonder what inspired the necessity behind this sign.

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Centers For Disease Control and Prevention suggests a couple of helpful tips every customer should do before going to eat out. First, check inspection scores and look for certificates that show kitchen managers have completed food safety training. Second, look for safe food-handling practices.

A big part of staying safe is having your eyes open on things around you when you enter the restaurant. If something feels shady, or if you see a potentially hazardous situation, it may be best to skip the place altogether.

#5

I Saw This On A Restaurant Door. After I Ate There

I Saw This On A Restaurant Door. After I Ate There

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

But why does the Oregon department of human services still allow them to be open?

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#6

Found Inside My Taco Bell Meal. I Feel Sick

Found Inside My Taco Bell Meal. I Feel Sick

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Cameron Alford
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1 year ago

"Tracy where is my nail"

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#7

1 Chicken Over Rice Please

1 Chicken Over Rice Please

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Freyja Cooper
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1 year ago (edited)

And he's doing that in the one spot where everyone can see him. Wtf

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#8

A Handful Of Jam Served On A Plate At An Upscale Restaurant

A Handful Of Jam Served On A Plate At An Upscale Restaurant

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

No... just No. doesn't matter how clean your hands are and the fact that you use your hands to prepare the food, but this is a NO

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#9

Restaurant Bans Masks, Gloves And Social Distancing Because “Freedom”

Restaurant Bans Masks, Gloves And Social Distancing Because “Freedom”

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Flopsy
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1 year ago

Why would you go in such a place anyway?

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The CDC also suggests ordering food that’s properly cooked in order to avoid food poisoning. “Certain foods, including meat, poultry, and fish, need to be cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful germs that may be present. If a restaurant serves you undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs, send them back to be cooked until they are safe to eat.”

#10

A Restaurant Known For Their Wings In Ne Philadelphia. Pretty Gross....

A Restaurant Known For Their Wings In Ne Philadelphia. Pretty Gross....

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River Webb
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1 year ago

maybe thats what adds flavour to the wings

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#11

At This Fast Food Place In Town

At This Fast Food Place In Town

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

Rats are very clean, look at them cleaning their hands before going to control the chef from under the hat

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#12

An Extra Charge

An Extra Charge

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Kanishka Patel
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1 year ago

I wonder what restaurant this is

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#13

What’s Wrong With People

What’s Wrong With People

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Cameron Alford
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1 year ago

what......the.......F**K. gerald why are you taking a bath

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#14

Signs Of A Bad Restaurant

Signs Of A Bad Restaurant

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

You have to admit that this is pretty funny.

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Another great tip is avoiding lukewarm food, because essentially, cold food has to be served cold and hot food has to be served hot. “Germs that cause food poisoning grow quickly when food is in the danger zone, between 40°F and 140°F,” the CDC states.

#15

Wtf....a Bolt Was Found In A Bowl Of Chilli. Fairfax Frisch's

Wtf....a Bolt Was Found In A Bowl Of Chilli. Fairfax Frisch's

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Cameron Alford
Community Member
1 year ago

*sniff sniff* i smell a.....*sniff*...... lawsuit

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#16

Employee Spits In Food For Instagram Likes

Employee Spits In Food For Instagram Likes

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

Why are we being nice to these assholes by covering up their names

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#17

Driving Past

Driving Past

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Eva the Egg
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1 year ago

has he ever heard of hygene?

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#18

Subway Employee Picking Her Feet Behind The Counter. How Fresh

Subway Employee Picking Her Feet Behind The Counter. How Fresh

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Cameron Alford
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1 year ago

fresh toenails...delicious

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#19

How A Restaurant Thaw Their Chicken

How A Restaurant Thaw Their Chicken

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Euna Magbitang
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1 year ago

Get our new CHICKEN! TRASH FLAVORED!

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Also, don’t underestimate the knowledge and power of the server. If you feel unsure about an ingredient or the whole meal, let them know and look for a solution.

The CDC recommends asking a server if they use pasteurized eggs if you opt to eat one of the following: Caesar salad dressing, custards, tiramisu, or hollandaise sauce. Remember that raw and undercooked eggs can make us seriously ill unless they have been pasteurized to kill the germs.

After all, health and safety kitchen rules are common sense, but it's up to the restaurant managers and owners to make sure everyone sticks to them.

#20

Millennials Aren’t Killing Restaurants Like Applebee’s And TGI Friday’s. Food Like This Is

Millennials Aren’t Killing Restaurants Like Applebee’s And TGI Friday’s. Food Like This Is

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

where I'm from, we don't really eat cheese (because it's not in our culture and they're mega expensive). but when a restaurant said this dish has a cheese, they meant the cheese slices like this, just slap it on top. not even melted. cold sliced cheese on top of your spaghetti. so to my LOW standard of what is cheese, this one is better because at least they had the effort to bake it? lol

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#21

In A Restaurant That Sells Ice Cream

In A Restaurant That Sells Ice Cream

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

I don't think they know where milk comes from

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#22

Local Restaurant Where I'm From. Who Needs Food Safety Right?

Local Restaurant Where I'm From. Who Needs Food Safety Right?

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Cameron Alford
Community Member
1 year ago

that fat is good protein (dont get offended im not the skinniest person myself)

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#23

Local Taco Smell

Local Taco Smell

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Cameron Alford
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1 year ago

wtf happened to common sense

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#24

I Found This In My Drink At A Restaurant

I Found This In My Drink At A Restaurant

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

Just like that, protein shake

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During the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants around the world have been in between being closed and opened. For those who’re worrying that COVID-19 may be transmitted from food, the CDC states that “currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread by handling or eating food.”

However, it makes sense to follow stringent health and safety practices and limit any chance to your business and employees be exposed to coronavirus as much as possible.

#25

The Restaurant Where The Workers Stand On The Counter (Near The Food Prep Station) Without Shoes On

The Restaurant Where The Workers Stand On The Counter (Near The Food Prep Station) Without Shoes On

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Cameron Alford
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1 year ago

ladders!?!

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#26

Keepin It Classy In West Virginia

Keepin It Classy In West Virginia

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Downunderdude
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1 year ago

Wow. Marketing point!

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#27

Stay Trashy Burger King

Stay Trashy Burger King

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K Killian
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1 year ago

Patron: One more Whopper please. Employee: (Points to sign) Sir, let's not do this again.

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#28

I Think I'll Pass On The Refill...

I Think I'll Pass On The Refill...

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Cameron Alford
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1 year ago

looks like piss anyway

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#29

Local Restaurant Pouring Garbage Into The Sewers

Local Restaurant Pouring Garbage Into The Sewers

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Downunderdude
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1 year ago

This is how fat burgs are created. Too mean to put in a grease trap.

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#30

This BBQ Restaurant Serves Their House Sauce In A Shaker And It's Awful

This BBQ Restaurant Serves Their House Sauce In A Shaker And It's Awful

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a guy with a hat
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1 year ago

why just why

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