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View Poll Results: If restaurant food and kitchen inspections were suddenly discontinued, would that change how often y
I would eat out just as often. 20 28.99%
I would eat out less often, probably just at restaurants where I personally know the owner. 18 26.09%
I would stop eating out entirely. 24 34.78%
I don't know. 7 10.14%
Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-28-2017, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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I never go to a restaurant with the thought of whether or not it has been inspected. Farthest thing from my mind. So.... No, it wouldn't stop me.
Understood. However, If it was announced on the news that there would no longer be restaurant inspections, would you change your mind?

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Old 07-28-2017, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Everyone has made interesting comments! Am very impressed! My goal is to have at least 100 votes cast by August 23 when the poll ends. Should happen unless I just jinxed it.

There are already 60 votes in just 4 days. Did not expect this many so soon. Thanks everyone!

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Old 08-05-2017, 10:10 PM
 
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I probably would, depending on the restaurant.

I'm sure they've happened to gross offenders, but I haven't heard of two inspections on one location within a year's time, so I guess some can cruise after they get the initial rating, which may bring them right down to the non-rated places, depending on the ethics of the owner and staff.

If it looked questionable though, I like others, would check out the bathroom first.
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:36 AM
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I don't eat out much to begin with and I'm not sure there are health inspectors in my area to begin with, lol. I am more likely to make a judgment call on my own about a restaurant. If it is clean I will give it a try. If it is not clean, smells, or the employees seem lazy I will pass. Also if no one goes there that is a red flag.

Also let's not forget that some food inspectors get paid off in some states. You can't always trust what you read/see. Just use common sense and talk to others. I will pay attention to recalls and outbreaks of something going around. I do not want food poisoning.
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Understood. However, If it was announced on the news that there would no longer be restaurant inspections, would you change your mind?
Still wouldn't make much difference to me. As I posted before, I do not put as much into the inspections as I might into my own determination about the cleanliness of any public place.
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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Also let's not forget that some food inspectors get paid off in some states...

Some construction sites are given a warning..."OSHA is coming tomorrow at 11:00 am, round up all the faulty ladders, power cords etc., and put the safety back on all the saws!". Then, after they leave...put them all back!
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:11 PM
 
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Some construction sites are given a warning..."OSHA is coming tomorrow at 11:00 am, round up all the faulty ladders, power cords etc., and put the safety back on all the saws!". Then, after they leave...put them all back!
Yes, that's a real issue. I worked at an agency that did inspections and they were regular enough that the facilities had trouble hiding errors and were often cited. There were other agencies that would inspect so infrequently that you'd have an idea that the inspection was coming and clean up your act before the inspection was due. If you have an inspection yearly and know the inspector comes around in May, then chances are you'll clean up your act starting in mid-April. I know that some people didn't want to expand to get our type of license because they'd have to go from biannual inspections to monthly. I worked at another agency that had yearly inspections and there were still facilities that managed to fail those and not fix the citations. It's just another level of bad when the facility is so awful that it can't pass an occasional inspection like that.

I don't think I would change my behavior as a result having worked with inspectors in the past and having seen how it worked. Lots of restaurants are probably bad but smart enough to clean up when they think inspectors will come.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Still wouldn't make much difference to me. As I posted before, I do not put as much into the inspections as I might into my own determination about the cleanliness of any public place.
Agree that our own determination is also important. When I lived in San Jose, there was a hole in the wall place I enjoyed that serves mainly burgers and barbecue and was cleaner than most chain restaurants. Have also had a few meals there on occasion when visiting family/friends. Was often cleaner than the 7-11 in the same mini-mall. A friend of mine knows the owner, too.

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