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A wonderful part of modern life is the ability to often find a restaurant for every whim and budget if you look hard enough. But sometimes, when on the hunt for a place to stop and eat, you come across a location that appears to be moonlighting as a haunted house. 

The “Restaurants With Threatening Auras” Facebook group gathers eateries that definitely look like you will end up with a cursed dining experience. So get comfortable as you scroll through, upvote your favorites, and be sure to add your thoughts, experiences, and observations to the comments section below. 

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK this is LEGIT awesome. "Your own... Personal... Cheeses... Someone to curd your way, someone to shred your Mon-ter-ay."

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The concept of “things with a threatening aura” has crept up in internet culture lately, in many ways coinciding with a growing interest in the macabre and creepy. It could also be that, finally, someone managed to capture that specific sort of fear and confusion that certain things bring out without a clear cause. 

Of course, what is actually “cursed” is the number of deaths caused by food safety regulations being ignored. While it can happen in a nice, popular upscale restaurant, it stands to reason that a place that can’t even get its own sign right will struggle with keeping your food separate from the floor. 

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It reminds me of ... here in Denmark we have these popular Christmas cookies called Jew Cakes, and I dont know why its not forbidden but the some stores display them with an advertise saying 'baked in gas oven' :-/

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That explains why there is always a Now Hiring sign at my local Wendy’s……….

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More precisely, over half a billion people get sick from foodborne illnesses every year, of which nearly half a million end up dying. To cut restaurants some slack, not all of these happen in eateries, often stores and even household kitchens don’t live up to the necessary safety standards. 

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you give one of those to a kitchen? Does it involve the spray nozzle in the dishpit?

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However, unless you are pretty unlucky or dangerously careless, chances are, most of the times you have encountered food poisoning have been from a restaurant, not home cooking. Despite the fact that food safety guidelines exist, there are significantly more eateries than there are people to raid them. 

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jet's Pizza slogan sounds like they are a bit reluctant to make good food

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Open up Google Maps or whatever your local map service is and just take a look at the number of bars, restaurants, cafes, and other eating establishments in your general vicinity. Chances are, unless you live in a particularly rural area, there would be more than you can shake a stick at. Checking and rechecking them all might be beyond an often smallish governmental service. 

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You'll definitely be praying for a speedy death after eating Applebee's

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Remember, food safety inspectors aren’t just poking around your local watering hole, they also need to look into logistics centers, slaughterhouses, stores, packaging plants, farms, and really any other location that touches the food industry. Which, when you sit down to think about it, is most of them. 

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Despite the fact that so much of what we eat can kill us (talk about a threatening aura) it would appear that governments around the world sort of believed in an honor system for the longest time. For example, eggs, which smell like literal sulfur when they go bad, were only routinely inspected from 1970 onwards in the US. 

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), in its current form, only came into existence in 1981, although there had been a similar agency just four years earlier. So every time you see film or TV characters in an old diner during something set in the 60s, just remember that the most abject horror could have been going on in the kitchen. 

So perhaps listen to your instincts and do your best to listen to your gut, pun absolutely intended, when it comes to restaurants with threatening auras. While certain red flags might indicate that the food will be good (taste-wise, not in terms of your gut health,) common sense is still of paramount importance. 

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonder if it’s part of the same restaurant chain as the Hung Long in Perth WA

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Between this place and the one earlier grabbing my balls it's going to be a fun night.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Update: Damn everyone at the hospital is so nice to me 😊

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