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What Goes On Behind Closed Doors?

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   22 Comments | Posted in Observations From the Tub

58684-2mail-google-comBy now you’ve probably seen the video of the Checkers’ employee wiping a bun on the floor and then picking it up and preparing it for consumption. As nasty as this is, it isn’t the first time we’ve heard about food servers deliberately contaminating food—who among us hasn’t been hesitant to make a complaint in a restaurant, worried about what might happen to our food on the return trip to our table? Still, we push past that concern, choosing to believe in the integrity of the staff at the restaurants we frequent. But I read something this week that put a spin on things and raises the question: What happens in a restaurant after its doors have closed for the day?

Remnants of a meth lab were discovered at a Cedar Rapids Taco Bell. Two men, one of them an employee of the franchise, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth—in the restaurant, after closing time. Here’s a link to the article: Meth Lab Remnants in Iowa Taco Bell

Who knows what goes on anywhere after day’s end when the doors are closed and locked up? Have you ever wondered? Will you wonder now?

See you Monday for Pawsitive Pondering!



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22 Responses to "What Goes On Behind Closed Doors?"

  1. Comment by Sioux
    August 7, 2015 at 7:20 am  

    I worked at restaurants too long to wonder. Diners get the servers ticked off, and there’s unseen and unknown ways they get revenge.

    I imagine if we looked behind closed doors, we’d never eat out again, and we’d grow our own vegetables and butcher our own cows and pigs and chickens. But that’s just me…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm  

      I don’t think I could ever butcher anything, but there’s a reason I don’t complain in restaurants! I used to work with a woman who ALWAYS sent her food back to the kitchen, and I mean always. And I then always wondered what happened to it before she got it returned to her! She was a piece of work, that one.

  2. Comment by Casey Hagen
    August 7, 2015 at 7:25 am  

    I was married to a chef for five years. Although he has impeccable standards, the people he worked with didn’t always so I’ve heard horror stories. Like the basket of fries that hit the floor but they fried them up anyway…yuk. Recently, though, my daughter worked at the Inn and Conference Center in the area and had something horrifying happen there. Now neither of my girls work there. The customer complained that the sauce was on the chicken and not on the side. These people had been there for the whole weekend with a lot of extended family and it had been a nightmare. Fed up, the chef took the chicken, licked off the sauce, and sent it right back out and the customer at it. I can cross that restaurant off my list of places I’ll ever go!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm  

      Oh, my gosh. That’s horrible! Something you’d expect to see in an Adam Sandler movie. lol

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 7, 2015 at 7:37 am  

    My mom used to say what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Yuck!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm  

      Haha…she was right!

  4. Comment by Rob
    August 7, 2015 at 8:41 am  

    I try not to eat out. When I was in the service, I met a guy who had worked in a candy factory and he told me he used to write, “Help, I’m being held prisoner in a candy factory.” on the little white cards under the candy.
    I did a job at the Keebler plant in Atlanta–the cookies aren’t baked by elves in a hollow tree. It took me a few years before I bought Pecan Sandies again. I welded some doors back on a freezer at a KFC once–I still won’t eat there, and that was 30 years ago.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:34 pm  

      You just totally ruined Pecan Sandies for me, Rob. I don’t frequent KFC, but you’ve removed all chance for that now. My waistline thanks you. 🙂

  5. Comment by Tammy
    August 7, 2015 at 8:58 am  

    I hadn’t seen that video, but a little incentive not to eat in fast food restaurants never hurts, right? Every now and then, I’m waited on by a student. I get along with them pretty well, but sometimes I do find myself wondering what they REALLY think about me…and if it shows up in the food.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm  

      I’m guessing that isn’t really a concern for you. From what I’ve read on your blog you’re a caring educator, so I expect your students keep your food “ick” free. 🙂

  6. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    August 7, 2015 at 9:16 am  

    The less I think about that kind of stuff, the better. Though now, of course, I’m thinking about it–

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm  

      Ha. 🙂

  7. Comment by carrie
    August 7, 2015 at 11:43 am  

    As with most things that go on behind the scenes…You don’t want to know how the sausages are made ;-)!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm  

      Hahaha…so true. And my mind is going places it shouldn’t, so I’m going to just move on to the next comment now.

  8. Comment by Claudia
    August 7, 2015 at 1:47 pm  

    I don’t think we want to know too much! As a secondary teacher in a small town where former students were handling my food…well, lots to watch!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:38 pm  

      You’re the second teacher to wonder about her students. I hope the young ‘uns are friendlier than that!

  9. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    August 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm  

    Aw, Lisa, I’m not sure I’m thanking you for this post today 😉 I think you can find assorted ickiness in any venue — pottying in the swimming pool anyone?! — but I hang on to the belief that most people are inherently good. As my three-year-old grandbaby says, “accidents happen!” Happy weekend to you!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm  

      Like you, I try to think the best. But I still try not to complain in restaurants. lol

  10. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    August 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm  

    Ditto what Cathy Hall said. 🙂 Also, like Theresa Sanders, I choose to believe that most people do the right thing. I hope that wasn’t the Checkers that hubby and I get take out from frequently. LOL

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 9, 2015 at 6:40 pm  

      Haha…I hope not. Those kids paid for their shenanigans. They were all fired.

  11. Comment by Claudia
    August 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm  

    Ha, I have seen this face on my dog…just last night in fact as she tried to steal a sock!

  12. Comment by Elias Viveiros
    September 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm  

    But she adores a little mystery now and then, too, so keep an eye out for Lisa’s authorship of a whodunit one of these days soon. SimsTable td div.

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