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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Cameron Alford
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1 month ago

sadly it is true

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Buffet At Charles De Gaulle Airport. Paris, France

Buffet At Charles De Gaulle Airport. Paris, France

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1 month ago

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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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Cameron Alford
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1 month ago

hope they wash it

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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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Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

No hippos allowed.

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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 month 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 month 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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Shieshie Sweetie Kiss
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1 month ago

Nooo

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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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Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

Emoji turd and jam slap do not look appetising in the least.

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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 month ago

Why would you go in such a place anyway?

Shelli Aderman
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1 month ago

Reporter...

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Hans
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1 month ago

Whoever calls it an "oxygen deprivation mask" obviously has at least been once really been deprived of oxygen...

Rukkia
Community Member
1 month ago

Nah. Masks only cause problems if you have a serious respiratory illness to begin with, and then it just makes you notice your issue more. If you believe they do, then maybe don't ever get a surgery. My doctor being oxygen deprived would scare the s$&t outta me.

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I Liquored On
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1 month ago

No social conditioning allowed? Cool, so I can just s**t on his floor then?

alwaysMispelled
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1 month ago

I always told the kids I nannied "society dictates we wear pants", so I guess no one needs pants anymore!

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Charlotte A.
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1 month ago

"In the name of freedom we will not let you choose to wear a mask!"

Wayne Dorman
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the owner also owns a MAGA cap.

Valley Girl
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1 month ago

He has the whole matching set...shirt, pants, boxers, socks, flag, hearing aid, folding chair, tiki torch, snuggie, colostomy bag.

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Gab s
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1 month ago

This is is illegal in Europe right now. Actually restaurants are closed in my country because of covid. Only delivery until end of the month and the population continues vaccinations.

Emperor Kitten
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1 month ago

Its illegal in most of the US as well. They don't get shut down, but they do get heavily fined. These idiots think its worth the price of they can stick it to the man.

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Id row
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1 month ago

"People love us on yelp" I just looked up their yelp page and comments have been disabled because there have been so many negative reviews, lol. Look up Apple Bistro in Placerville, CA. They also made the news for their ignorance: https://abc7.com/apple-bistro-cafe-placerville-restaurant-refuses-to-require-masks/6324919/

Robert T
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1 month ago

Caution. Proprietor is a Covidiot.

Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

The sign is missing "owner is an a-hole".

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

They posted it on the door. "This may not be for you." I'm fine with letting natural selection take care of it.

Peko
Community Member
1 month ago

If it only affected them perhaps. But they can still spread it to other people and be a strain on the health care system.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

Shut 'em down

P. Diddley
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1 month ago

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Don't worry, "Dan"; most small businesses ARE shutting down.

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Malcolm Rutledge
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1 month ago

Since masks don't deprive anyone of oxygen, that one won't be a problem.

Cameron Alford
Community Member
1 month ago

gloves are disgusting things stick to them, for example, GERMS

Sam Chen
Community Member
1 month ago

What? Why are people so dumb

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
Community Member
1 month ago

That sign makes me sick... with Covid apparently cause that's the only thing you'll get there

Bryn
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad grew up in a small town. In that town, there was a BBQ joint where the owner would regularly make ranting posts on Facebook and on their door about how covid was fake, they didn't need to wear masks, and they were still open for dining despite the lockdown. The health services had a lot to say, and they walked out with a closed restaurant.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

He does have a point with the gloves. Washing hands regularly is much more effective at preventing the spread of food borne (sp? I know it's not born...) illnesses.

El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the ultimate red flag, they are literally warning you they don't give a s**t about health, cleanliness and safety. Do NOT eat in this restaurant..

E. Rangel
Community Member
1 month ago

These should be fined, big time. People think they are invisible yet they get sick and then run to hospital and want to be cured right away if they dont take precautions then they should sit on their thumb, shut the door and wait for doomsday

abby smink
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1 month ago

I agree with the gloves thing (defeats the purpose if you touch literally everything while wearing the same gloves, and I assume they mean the patrons and not the staff.) But as for the rest..yeah, I'm not eating there. Enjoy your virus.

F. H.
Community Member
1 month ago

The first two are beyond any discussion. But the one about the gloves is kind of true. Gloves only protect when you change them very often.

Jess W
Community Member
1 month ago

We need more of these!!!

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
1 month ago

Hehehehe, let him tell that to his surgeons, if he should need , say, open heart surgery...

just your average introvert
Community Member
1 month ago

tf is this place

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

close the place down and fine the owner

Veronica Vatter
Community Member
1 month ago

It's ok, my mask let's oxygen thru. And keeps morons out!

あんぱんまん
Community Member
1 month ago

karen runs that place

Sam Kaylene
Community Member
1 month ago

it will now be re-named = Karen restaurant

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 month ago

how can you eat with your mask on????????

Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

Caution: NO money from me or any sane customer.

Isaac H.
Community Member
1 month ago

Wear nitrile gloves... no restriction on that is there?

Bunerz
Community Member
1 month ago

Wha????

Cameron Jacobs
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd go in there in a heartbeat. Love the critical thinkers who read something other than fear mongering headlines meant to scare you into submission.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Fool for going in

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

Close them down!

Piper McLean
Community Member
1 month ago

Why are they still open?

Gabbinzola
Community Member
1 month ago

I see that they use ADT. I'm assuming they don't lock their doors and let a "pathogen" in and the alarm goes off when it's too late...

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

Wear your oxygen restrictor anyway. It's only gonna affect you, after all. All those other suckeroonies can't stop you.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

also no brain cells are allowed inside please leave them out!

Martha Higgins
Community Member
1 month ago

Must be a Trump-et.

Kevin Hickey
Community Member
1 month ago

Freedumb.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Thanks for the warning, I won’t ever be eating at that restaurant

Isog Sargent
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is it unburnt?

Spork420
Community Member
1 month ago

They've certainly earned my business.

Jill Bussey
Community Member
1 month ago

So all their staff and customers are either dead by now, or suffering from long Covid?

RoseTheMad
Community Member
1 month ago

I dont know about the US because iirc it depends on the state, but shouldn't this be illegal because masks are mandatory by law in most places by now? If that's the case, just report the restaurant.

Piet Puk
Community Member
1 month ago

I bet their staff isn't allowed to wash their hands either.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 month ago

Surely this is only mean to be a farce. Only right wing republican nuts would believe this sign.

Dre Mosley
Community Member
1 month ago

I avoid places that don't require masks because anti mask people are usually science denying nutjobs and conspiracy theorists. They're the ones that blow off Covid until they get it.

Nina
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow!!! 💩

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virus = hoax

Pusfarm
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1 month ago

You = idiot

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Rancho Schicklgruber
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1 month ago

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Oh yeah, but it's all Trump's fault, right? Idiots.

Julie C Rose
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1 month ago

If a restaurant in New Zealand put up a sign like that, it’d be in every newspaper and on every news show and Jacinda Ardern, Dr Ashley Bloomfield (Fauci equivalent) and Chris Hipkins (covid response minister) would lose their f*****g s**t. Trump went around inciting covidiocy, and a lot of his followers worship him so much that they would have done anything he said, so if he’d taken it seriously, things could have gone very differently. So yes, I absolutely blame that orange piece of trash.

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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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Cameron Alford
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1 month ago

burger king foot lettuce 2.0

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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 month 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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WholesomeArmyweeb
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1 month ago

Apparently not dying of a bacterial infection or ecoli is extra money

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#13

What’s Wrong With People

What’s Wrong With People

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Kisses4Katie
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1 month ago

Those sinks.. Are rarely cleaned out very well. He's bathing with cheese and lettuce cause that's TACO BELL

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#14

Signs Of A Bad Restaurant

Signs Of A Bad Restaurant

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

I assume it's meant as a joke?

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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 month 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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Cameron Alford
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1 month ago

is that food or toilet paper

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#17

Driving Past

Driving Past

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How do you know he's a cook? Maybe he's the dishwasher? Busboy? Seriously, get a life.

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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 month 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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Kate Nelson
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1 month ago

No no and no

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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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i dont see a problem

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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 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago

ladders!?!

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#26

Keepin It Classy In West Virginia

Keepin It Classy In West Virginia

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

That's nice to know

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#27

Stay Trashy Burger King

Stay Trashy Burger King

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

I'm lovin' it.

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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 month 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 month 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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heidi hunt
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1 month ago

Holey hell

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